New GMC guidelines for doctors treating critically ill babies.
Over the past few months, the GMC has been taking a look at neonatal intensive care. Their concern hasn’t been the standard of that care, which no one doubts is excellent, but the standard of communication between doctors and the parents of very sick babies. During a period of consultation, the GMC has discovered that some medical staff are insensitive towards parents facing the agonising decision of whether or not to switch off the life support machine of their newborn child. They also found that some doctors can appear highhanded and exclude the parents from crucial decisions. To discuss new GMC guidelines, Jenni is joined by Jane O’Brien, Director of Standards and Ethics at the GMC, and by Andy Cole, the Chief Executive of BLISS; the charity for premature and very sick babies.
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