Thursday, 16 January 2014

new UK doctors' register - 'Who pays this doctor? taking marketing out of medicine'

"DOCTORS should register gifts and payments they receive from drugs companies similar to the way politicians log their expenses, according to a group of health professionals.

From Helen Puttick in The Herald article 'Doctors are urged to register gifts from drugs companies' about the newly launched UK doctors' voluntary register website ''Who pays this doctor? taking marketing out of medicine'.

"Fifteen doctors, researchers and campaigners have claimed in a letter to the British Medical Journal that it would allow patients to check if their doctor is benefiting from the pharmaceutical industry as it may affect the treatments they prescribe."

"Campaigner and Glasgow GP Dr Margaret McCartney said: "We know that in medicine there are a few doctors who receive an awful lot of money from pharmaceutical companies and sometimes PR companies, but that is not obvious to the people they are giving advice to, whether that is their patients or the media. We think the General Medical Council should make it much easier to declare interests."

"The letter's signatories include Peter Gordon consultant psychiatrist for NHS Forth Valley, Sian Gordon a GP and GP appraiser in Falkirk and Professor Allyson Pollock, a researcher who was based at Edinburgh University before she moved to Queen Mary University of London."

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