Consultation Watch: GMC review of confidentiality rules • DoH plans for overseas charges

GMC review of confidentiality rules
The General Medical Council is inviting written responses to a review of its confidentiality guidance, which aims to maintain the balance between “protecting confidential patient information and sharing information appropriately.”

It published revised draft guidance in November and is running a consultation until February 10th.

The revised document is due to be published later this year, and comments by medical professionals can be submitted via its website

DoH plans for overseas charges
A Department of Health consultation is now open over controversial plans to extend charges to “overseas visitors and migrants” in the hope of raising £500 million a year by 2017-18.
Among its proposals are fees for ambulance and A&E use for EEA and non-EEA nationals.

The consultation, launched on December 7th, runs until March 7th 2016.