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New guidance setting out how health professionals should deal with conflicts of interest has been agreed by health regulators.

 

Both the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland are among the nine health regulators signing the statement. It “sets out what is expected of all healthcare professionals in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest across all healthcare settings.”

Among the expectations outlined in the joint statement, the GPhC has highlighted the following, saying healthcare professionals should:

  • put the interests of people in their care before their own interests or those of any colleague or organisation
  • consider where potential conflicts of interest may arise and be open about them
  • be open about, and declare, any conflicts of interest they face
  • reflect on their own learning and CPD needs regarding conflicts of interest
  • ensure patients have access to visible information on any fees or charging policies for which they are responsible.

Case studies are also available as examples of how the new guidance should be applied.

GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin commented: “As health and care regulators, we share a commitment to collaborating on issues that affect patient safety and care, and the trust they place in the professionals who provide that care. 

“By working closely with our fellow regulators, we are underlining the consistent expectations of health professionals in managing conflicts of interest, to help give patients and the public the assurance that their interests will always be put above any other interest a health professional may have.”

Links:
GPhC statement                 
PSNI statement 

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