The GPC has published updated guidance to practices. The guidance provides more definitive advice on conscientious objection, flagging records and responses to initial requests for a report. It is clearly stated in the guidance that conscientious objections are not required to arrange for alternative provision of a report but they may wish to do so.
The new guidance advises that BMA GPC do not recommend flagging notes due to the imprecise nature of flags, the lack of clear protocols of their appropriate removal and the absence of reliable software to facilitate the surveillance and cross-referencing flags with diagnosis of concern. It does mention that discussions with the Home Office are ongoing on this issue.
It remains clear, as in previous guidance that GPs should respond to the police regardless of their stance on the new system and that replying or delaying their response puts them at clinical risk. 5 sample letters are provided to assist GPs responding to initial request for reports, ‘depending on a GPs professional and/or ethical position’.
Refusal to provide a report
- Refusal due to conscientious objection
- Refusal due to request seeking an opinion on matters outside a GPs medical expertise
Agreement to provide a report
- Agreement to provide report requested- awaiting payment from patient
- Agreement to provide a summary limited to medical facts- awaiting payment from patient
- Agreement to provide report- no fee to patient- report enclosed with reply letter.
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