With thanks to Bill Madden’s WordPress for drawing my attention to the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council’s (the GMC) new guide on Decision making and consent, which will come into effect on 9 November 2020.

Of particular interest to readers of this blog will be the discussion on consent when there are time and resource constraints and treatment in emergencies. As a publication of the GMC this document is not directly applicable in Australia but Australian health care professionals would still benefit from reviewing the guide and considering if and how its principles and guidance can or should be applied in their practice.

Supplementary guiidance documents also exist, such as in relation to confidentiality.