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BMA Firearms update – March 2017- New Guidance

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BMA Firearms update – March 2017- New Guidance

From 1 April 2016 new information sharing processes between GPs and the police were introduced in an attempt to ensure those licensed to possess firearm and shotgun certificates are medically fit to carry arms. 

There have been significant concerns about these arrangements and nationally, BMA GPC continues to raise them with the Home Office with the aim of agreeing a process that is fair to GPs and safe for the wider public.

BMA GPC guidance has been updated this month and provides some clarity on the issues of conscientious objection and handling initial requests for reports.  The new guidance also advises clearly that BMA GPC do not recommend flagging notesdue to the imprecise nature of flags, the lack of clear protocols for their appropriate removal and the absence of reliable software to facilitate the surveillance and cross-referencing flags with diagnoses of concern.


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