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S5W-21723: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 19 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of changes to General Medical Council guidance on the principle of informed consent, and the findings of the case, Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board, which saw the legal protection of patients’ autonomy enhanced, how it will ensure that (a) practitioners are informed about the new guidelines and are compliant with them and (b) patients receive the relevant documentation in advance of medical intervention.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 28 February 2019

The General Medical Council (GMC) review of consent guidance is currently underway and it expects to publish the final updated guidance towards the end of 2019.

Once published the Scottish Government is committed to working with the GMC to support the implementation of the guidance, which may include jointly developing key messages and tools for practitioners and patients.

The Scottish Government expects all NHS Boards and their clinicians to adhere to the GMC guidelines and to have clinical governance in place to ensure that the principles and framework contained in the guidance are applied by all doctors when seeking informed consent to treatment from patients.