GHCR report: Is Compassion Essential for Quality Health Care? (2)

14 September, 2020

Health provision does work best when it involves “compassion”. “Conscience" is required too. Effective health workers and health systems involve a shared conscience between and the health professional and service provider that serve them and the population that is served Covid is adding potentially new elements to consciousness and to compassion - the health of the Planet and eequity of access to health globally.

I believe that the UK General Medical Council

recognizes the role of compassion in health care and plans to incorporate elements of patients’ involvement in their own health(patients’ access to their own records and results) into the next “Generic Professional Capabilities” and “Outcomes for Students”. We hope that elements of the patient centred “Syllabus 12” will be included in the updated capabilities and outcomes. The draft syllabus can be seen at “Back to School” on Dr Hannan’s practice website

The GMC is a public body that maintains the official register of medical practitioners within the United Kingdom, protecting patients and improving UK medical education and practice by supporting students, doctors, educators and healthcare providers.

Seamus Heaney’s poem This poem, “From The Republic of Conscience”,


'At immigration, the clerk was an old man

who produced a wallet from his homespun coat

and showed me a photograph of my grandfather.

The woman in customs asked me to declare

the words of our traditional cures and charms

to heal dumbness and avert the evil eye...'

Covers the issues of the State, Republic, compassion and conscience well. We hope that patients, States and health service providers around the world will increasingly consider patients and their consciences as part of within care teams and allow the public’s compassion and conscience to balance the less compassionate forces of markets and sales as described by Adam Curtiss in his “Century of the Self”

HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data

Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT