Extracts from Good medical practice
6. The investigation or treatment you propose, provide or arrange must be based on…assessment [of their needs and priorities], and on your clinical judgement about the likely effectiveness of the treatment options.
In providing clinical care you must:
d. propose, provide or prescribe drugs or treatment (including repeat prescriptions) only when you have adequate knowledge of the patient’s health and are satisfied that the drugs or treatment will meet their needs
e. propose, provide or prescribe effective treatment based on the best available evidence
g. consult colleagues or seek advice from your supervising clinician, where appropriate
36. You must be open and honest with patients about any interests you have that may affect (or could be seen to affect) the way you propose, provide or prescribe treatments, or refer patients. You must follow our more detailed guidance on Identifying and managing conflicts of interest.
84. You must be honest in financial and commercial dealings with patients, employers, insurers, indemnifiers and other organisations or individuals.
94. You must not allow any interests you have to affect, or be seen to affect the way you propose, provide or prescribe treatments, refer patients, or commission services.
95. If you are faced with a conflict of interest, you must be open about it with patients and employers, declare it in line with local and national arrangements, and be prepared to exclude yourself from decision making. You must follow our more detailed guidance in Identifying and managing conflicts of interest.
96. You must not ask for or accept – from patients, colleagues or others – any incentive payments, gifts or hospitality that may affect or be seen to affect the way you propose, provide or prescribe treatments, refer or commission services for patients. You must not offer such incentives to others.