Guidelines an Official Statement from an MP
Doctors do NOT have to work with the guidelines they have been given. According to Ann Keen MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State) written on 16th April 2009
“Doctors are encouraged not to reply too heavily on the results of blood tests, but to use their clinical knowledge and an assessment of the symptoms experienced by individual patients in making a diagnosis for thyroid treatment. Doctors are free to use whatever guidance they feel is appropriate when making a diagnosis. This includes guidance published in other countries
Also ” Under their terms of service, GP’s are allowed to prescribe any product, including any unlicensed product or product not licensed for a particular indication, that they consider to be a medicine necessary for the treatment of their patients under the NHS, subject to two provisos. These are that:
the product is not included in Schedules 1 or 2 of the NHS General Medical Services Contracts (Prescription of Drugs etc) Regulations 2004, otherwise known as the Selected List Scheme; and
GP’s are prepared to justify any challenges to their prescribing by their Primary Care Trust.
It is the responsibility of health professionals to decide on the most appropriate treatment for their patients,. If a person has any concerns over their treatment or the drugs they are prescribed, they need to raise these concerns with their GP or consultant”