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Revised Guidance on Good Professional Practice

As you may be aware, during the term of the current Medical Council, its guidance on good professional practice will be reviewed and revised. We are currently planning the programme of work to meet this goal, which will be supported by broad and intensive dialogue with the medical profession, the public and other partner organisations.

With the commencement in January 2014 of the new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, the Council, to assist doctors, has updated the guidance contained in paragraph 21 of the current Guide. Rather than wait until our programme of work to review and revise the Guide is completed, we have decided to re-circulate the Guide now with this updated paragraph.

You can view the Guide on our website (PDF, 1.8MB). This will be followed in time, and after an extensive consultation process, with the fully updated Guide.

I would like to thank the members of the Medical Council, members of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee and the Executive of the Medical Council for all the hard work that is being done, including in relation to reviewing and revising this Guide.