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Published 29 May 2020
This contains guidance in relation to ‘alternative procedures’ during the pandemic. It is important to note that this is the view of NHSE/NHSI/DHSC as to situations where there may be ‘cogent reasons’ to depart from the Code. Ultimately however ‘it is for practitioners to decide whether it is appropriate to depart from the Code of Practice in any particular case. Any departure should be justified and recorded clearly, as it may later be subject to scrutiny by the courts.’
Decision makers will need to take care that any departure from the Code (whether in line with Annex D or otherwise), is justified on a case by case basis. The guiding principles will still need to be taken into account in all decision making, in the usual way.
Any departure from the Code will need to be documented, justified and monitored.
Annex D covers:
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