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Endnotes

1. General Medical Council (2013) Good medical practice London, GMC.

2. The acceptance of gifts by general practitioners in all four UK countries is subject to statutory regulation. General Medical Services contract regulations state that a register should be kept of gifts from patients or their relatives which have a value of £100 or more unless the gift is unconnected with the provision of services. The register of gifts should include the donor’s name and nature of the gift. NHS trusts set their own policies on gifts.

3. The promotion of medicines is controlled by a combination of statutory measures (with both criminal and civil sanctions) enforced by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and self-regulation: the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority is responsible for administering The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry’s Code of Practice. See also the Association of British Healthcare Industries’ Code of Business Practice for its members in the medical technology sector.

4. See Towards establishment: Creating responsible and accountable CCGs. See also NHS England.

5. General Medical Council (2013) Raising and acting on concerns about patient safety London, GMC.

6. See the ABPI’s Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry and the PMCPA’s Guidance Notes for Health Professionals.