Consultation on changes to our statement Ending a doctor-patient relationship
We are reviewing our statement on ending a doctor-patient relationship and we would like your feedback.
This statement is about providing guidance on how to end a relationship with a patient and what doctors should consider.
Our changes aim to provide more guidance on:
- what doctors should consider before ending a specific doctor-patient relationship
- when to seek advice from a peer, colleague or a medical indemnity insurer when deciding whether to end the treating relationship with a patient.
- situations where it would be inappropriate and unethical to terminate the doctor-patient relationship.
You can access the consultation paper at the link below. The paper outlines the key changes, and questions where we would value your input.
- Consultation paper: Proposed changes to our statement on ending a doctor-patient relationship
- Appendix 1: Draft statement on Ending a doctor-patient relationship
- Appendix 2: Existing March 2011 statement on Ending a doctor-patient relationship
We welcome your feedback and ask that you send it to us by 21 September 2020. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your comments.
Doctor-patient relationships can come to an end for a variety of reasons, commonly when the patient moves to another area or chooses to see another doctor, but also when the relationship breaks down and either the doctor or patient decides to discontinue the professional relationship. We outline in this statement the process for discontinuing patient care, and the need to do so in a fair and professional manner.