Personal beliefs and medical practice. Asad; Lale`; Rob; . GMC guidance: personal beliefs and medical practice; 2008. The guidance tackles questions such as: Is it ever appropriate for doctors to discuss matters of religious faith with their patients?
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Asad; Lale`; Rob;
The guidance tackles questions such as:
Mr Leslie Burke v GMC  EWCA Civ 1003
This case concerned a wide range of issues, most of which related to decision-making at the end of life. However, for the purposes of this guidance, the key point is the Court of
Appeal’s opinion that
Doctors’ personal beliefs
If carrying out a particular procedure or giving advice about it conflicts with your religious or moral beliefs, and this conflict might affect the treatment or advice you provide, -------
you must explain this to the patient and tell them they have the right to see another doctor.
You must be satisfied that the patient has sufficient information to enable them to exercise that right.
If it is not practical for a patient to arrange to see another doctor, you must ensure that arrangements are made for another suitably qualified colleague to take over your role.
Examples abortion, circumcision, withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment, embryo research, fertility treatments