The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to important new guidance from the GMC (General Medical Council) on the care of children and young people and its implications for updating and reviewing existing policies and practice.
The paper assesses the applicability of new GMC guidance, 0–18 Years: Guidance For All Doctors, with regard to several aspects of healthcare professionals' responsibilities to children and young people – communication, immunisation and safeguarding children. Its compatibility with existing key guidance from the Department of Health is also examined.
The GMC's new booklet enhances and updates previously existing guidance regarding the care and treatment of children and young people. This is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to review their own practice, update their knowledge and improve their procedures and protocols where applicable.
This paper offers a viewpoint that should encourage healthcare professionals to familiarise themselves with current guidance and examine their own performance and responsibilities towards children and young people.
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