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Comment on ‘Reflection’ guidance

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Mr Ian Mackay

Comment

By Mr Ian Mackay,
Responsible Officer for the Indep­endent Doctors Federation (IDF).

The IDF eagerly awaited this new guidance.

There will be some who feel that it is unnecessary to provide guidance on reflection, which should be an everyday, automatic resp­onse, particularly when things go wrong.

The UMbRELLA (The Uk Medical Revalidation coLLAboration) report , Eval­uat­ing the regulatory impact of medical revalidation, published in February, describes the process as:

‘… when you really need to reflect if someone’s made a complaint or you’ve got an event that’s happened, a significant event where somebody’s died or a near miss situation, and you automatically reflect on that at the time.’

It goes on to point out that we don’t always write it down at the time, although perhaps we should.

Added to this, some doctors, particularly following recent high-profile cases, are still concerned that they may be providing self-incriminating evidence.

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