Avoiding Problems - Managing the Risks in Hospital Practice
Correct as of May 2012
The right of Sandy Anthony to be identified as the author of the text of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
At MPS, we have a wealth of experience and expertise in helping doctors and other healthcare professionals with ethical and legal problems, and in reducing the risks that arise from their practice. This gives us a unique insight into the reasons why things go wrong and why complaints and litigation occur, and into what can be done to reduce this.
In our experience, most incidents leading to medicolegal problems fall into one of the following categories:
- Failure to appreciate legal and professional responsibilities
- Problems in clinical management
- Medication errors
- Administrative errors
- Failure of communication, including inadequate medical records.