Archive for January, 2011

Secular Medical Forum and National Secular Society submit response to Interim Policy on Assisted Suicide

In December 2009, the SMF and the NSS jointly submitted a response to the Director of Public Prosecution’s Interim Policy for Prosecutors on Assisted Suicide. The consultation followed the ruling in the House of Lords in the Debbie Purdy case that the existing law should be clarified. Our submission is available to read on the resources section of the website. The DPP published his final policy in early 2010.

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SMF lobbies General Pharmaceutical Council for change to Code of Conduct

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is a new regulatory body for pharmacists. The SMF responded to the consultation exercise by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) in January. Our full response is available to read on the resources section of the website.

The SMF was disappointed to hear that the GPhC intends to allow pharmacists with strong personal religious beliefs to opt out of providing some services to patients. Patients’ needs should take priority over the views of professional healthcare providers who have freely chosen their profession. We will continue to lobby for a code of conduct similar to the code produced by the GMC for medical practitioners.

Pharmacists should be prepared to set aside their own views if that is what is in the best interests of patients.

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