Rosie Cooper MP has backed the General Medical Council’s national poster campaign to raise awareness of new guidance for doctors that emphasises the importance of partnership with patients in delivering high quality care. The revised Good Medical Practice which has been sent to 240,000 doctors nationwide has been written following wide ranging consultation with doctors and patients. Rosie Cooper MP has called for hospitals, clinics and GP practices in West Lancashire to make sure that they display the posters so patients are aware of what they can expect from their doctor.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Doctors play a crucial role in delivering quality, both in terms of a leadership role within teams, and in their face to face work directly with patients. I welcome this new guidance from the General Medical Council which affirms the duties and responsibilities of doctors for the well-being and dignity of their patients. I urge all general practices, clinics and hospitals in West Lancashire to display the poster prominently so that patients are made aware of doctors’ commitment to a partnership with them in relation to their care.”
Professor Sir Graeme Catto, President of the General Medical Council said:
“Patients trust doctors with their lives and wellbeing, and they need to have confidence that doctors are both clinically competent and abide by high ethical standards. The new Good Medical Practice shows how doctors must achieve this. This poster campaign also signals the start of a year-long programme of work with patient groups and the profession to embed the principles of Good Medical Practice in doctors’ working lives.”