28 September 2009
Confidentiality: new guidance from the GMC
The General Medical Council (GMC) has published updated guidance on confidentiality along with supplementary guidance covering the following areas -
RCPE Press Release
400-Year-Old Letter Highlights Historic Opportunity for MSPs to Reduce Smoking in Young People & End “Youths-Bane”
MSPs considering a Bill  later this week which includes measures to reduce smoking in young people may be unaware that they have a historic opportunity to end over 400 years of medical concern about smoking in the young.
A letter identified by Library staff in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE), while preparing a recent exhibition, has highlighted that doctors were concerned about the harmful effects of smoking on young people over 400 years ago and that one doctor went so far as to propose that tobacco should be renamed as “Youths-bane”, given its adverse health effects.
The letter, written by Dr Eleazar Duncon, ‘Doctour of Physicke’ and published in 1606 concluded that “(tobacco) is so hurtful and dangerous to youth that it might have the pernicious nature expressed in the name, and that it were as well known by the name of Youths-bane, as by the name of tobacco”. The letter, based upon evidence of the time, formed the detailed opinion of Dr Duncon and was published by his gentleman employer in order to further medical understanding.
Prof Sir Neil Douglas, President of the RCPE, said,
“This letter from our Library Collection provides a fascinating insight into historical medical concerns about the addictive nature of smoking and young people, and shows that this issue has been of concern for over four centuries.
“The Scottish Parliament has already taken a political lead, and demonstrated its commitment to tackling the harm caused by tobacco, by introducing smokefree legislation for public places. However, it would be easy for politicians to think that the problems associated with tobacco have been dealt with and to lose sight of the fact that the proposed Bill includes critically important measures aimed at reducing smoking in young people. These measures principally involve ending point of sale advertising and banning vending machines, both of which encourage and influence young people to smoke. We therefore urge MSPs from all parties to support this important Bill and to take this historic opportunity to reduce the harm caused by smoking in the young”
Contact: Graeme McAlister on 0131-247-3693 or 07808-939395
Notes to Editors
 The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill will receive its first reading (Stage 1 debate) in the Scottish Parliament on 24 September 2009
 High resolution images of the cover of ‘The Copy of a Letter, Eleazar Duncan, Physicke to a Gentleman, 1606’ can be supplied by contacting Graeme McAlister on 0131-247-3693 or 07808-939395
Swine Flu: Critical Care Strategies (Scotland and UK)
Fellows and Members may be interested to access the critical care strategies for dealing with swine flu recently published in Scotland and England.
Medical Research Council Research Board Recruitment 2009
The Medical Research Council Annual Research Board Recruitment round has now begun and the application deadline is the 5th October 2009.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries regarding the MRC board member recruitment.
"Tomorrow's Doctors": New GMC Guidance on Undergraduate Curricula
The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched new guidance for medical schools for their undergraduate curricula. Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009 is the third edition of guidance first published in 1993. It sets out the GMC’s requirements for the knowledge, skills and behaviours that undergraduate medical students should learn and for the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment.
One of the key changes is the increased emphasis on clinical placements and the introduction of student assistantships. The GMC is keen to ensure that doctors and medical educators are aware of the changes in the new guidance and the implications for the future of medical training and patient care.