Replace the General Medical Council with a body that protects patients rather than the status quo

The General Medical Council should be scrapped and replaced with a totally new body with a significantly different remit. That remit should of course put patient protection at its heart, but it should also recognise and protect the rights of patients to choose alternative approaches to the current mainstream 'best practice'. Protecting patients from harm does not just involve removing the Shipmans of this world, it must also involve recognising the importance of diversity of opinion in the medical profession. Without that diversity, flaws in current 'best practice' go unchallenged and patients are harmed as a result.

Why is this idea important?

The General Medical Council should be scrapped and replaced with a totally new body with a significantly different remit. That remit should of course put patient protection at its heart, but it should also recognise and protect the rights of patients to choose alternative approaches to the current mainstream 'best practice'. Protecting patients from harm does not just involve removing the Shipmans of this world, it must also involve recognising the importance of diversity of opinion in the medical profession. Without that diversity, flaws in current 'best practice' go unchallenged and patients are harmed as a result.

Curb the powers of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to restrict feedom of choice in medicine

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should be providing guidance and suggestions for treatment protocols, not dictating precisely what doctors are and are not allowed to do. The position of NICE needs to be clarified so that doctors who believe that it is appropriate in specific cases to deviate from the NICE guidance feel able to do so without fear of repercussions. Patients should be free to make an informed choice for the treatment approach they want where supported by their doctor, even if this is not currently considered 'best practice' by NICE. The current regime is stifling innovation and harming patients.

Why is this idea important?

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should be providing guidance and suggestions for treatment protocols, not dictating precisely what doctors are and are not allowed to do. The position of NICE needs to be clarified so that doctors who believe that it is appropriate in specific cases to deviate from the NICE guidance feel able to do so without fear of repercussions. Patients should be free to make an informed choice for the treatment approach they want where supported by their doctor, even if this is not currently considered 'best practice' by NICE. The current regime is stifling innovation and harming patients.

Curb the powers of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to restrict feedom of choice in medicine

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should be providing guidance and suggestions for treatment protocols, not dictating precisely what doctors are and are not allowed to do. The position of NICE needs to be clarified so that doctors who believe that it is appropriate in specific cases to deviate from the NICE guidance feel able to do so without fear of repercussions. Patients should be free to make an informed choice for the treatment approach they want where supported by their doctor, even if this is not currently considered 'best practice' by NICE. The current regime is stifling innovation and harming patients.

Why is this idea important?

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should be providing guidance and suggestions for treatment protocols, not dictating precisely what doctors are and are not allowed to do. The position of NICE needs to be clarified so that doctors who believe that it is appropriate in specific cases to deviate from the NICE guidance feel able to do so without fear of repercussions. Patients should be free to make an informed choice for the treatment approach they want where supported by their doctor, even if this is not currently considered 'best practice' by NICE. The current regime is stifling innovation and harming patients.

Curb the powers of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to restrict feedom of choice in medicine

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should be providing guidance and suggestions for treatment protocols, not dictating precisely what doctors are and are not allowed to do. The position of NICE needs to be clarified so that doctors who believe that it is appropriate in specific cases to deviate from the NICE guidance feel able to do so without fear of repercussions. Patients should be free to make an informed choice for the treatment approach they want where supported by their doctor, even if this is not currently considered 'best practice' by NICE. The current regime is stifling innovation and harming patients.

Why is this idea important?

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) should be providing guidance and suggestions for treatment protocols, not dictating precisely what doctors are and are not allowed to do. The position of NICE needs to be clarified so that doctors who believe that it is appropriate in specific cases to deviate from the NICE guidance feel able to do so without fear of repercussions. Patients should be free to make an informed choice for the treatment approach they want where supported by their doctor, even if this is not currently considered 'best practice' by NICE. The current regime is stifling innovation and harming patients.

Scrap passports for horses

Horse passports do not serve the purpose they are intended to serve. They are beaurocratic and an imposition on horse owners. The cost to horse owners is effectively a tax on horse ownership. Horse passports should therefore be scrapped, or made voluntary rather than compulsory.

Why is this idea important?

Horse passports do not serve the purpose they are intended to serve. They are beaurocratic and an imposition on horse owners. The cost to horse owners is effectively a tax on horse ownership. Horse passports should therefore be scrapped, or made voluntary rather than compulsory.