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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - our advice for doctors

We recognise that this is a very difficult and worrying time for doctors. Our professional standards provide a framework for ethical decision making in a wide range of situations. They should be followed as far as practical in the circumstances. We're regularly updating our advice for doctors as the situation develops.

Ending your professional relationship with a patient

Sometimes it may be appropriate to stop being someone’s doctor.

This guidance tells you what you need to think about before you make the decision to end the professional relationship and transfer their care to another colleague

It also has advice about planning for the closure of your practice and handover/transfer of the professional relationship.


This guidance came into effect 22 April 2013. 

Download the guidance

You can download the guidance in English or Welsh.

Ending your professional relationship (English)
Ending your professional relationship (Welsh)