Date recorded: Monday 7 September 2020
Suitable for: Medical Protection members
The COVID-19 crisis has thrown up unique and real medicolegal problems. Join Medical Protection’s Medical Director, Dr Rob Hendry and Medicolegal Consultant, Dr Justin Cheng, hosting an expert panel discussion exploring how Family Physicians and Specialists working together during the pandemic have faced the clinical challenges posed.
Dr Hendry and Dr Cheng are joined by clinical and legal experts, Dr Ian Eardley, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Chair of MPS Council, Dr Alvin Chan, Family Medicine Specialist and Ms Tracy Cheung, Medicolegal Solicitor. The expert panel will share learnings from real case studies, answer commonly asked questions received by Medical Protection’s advisory service and explore some of the indemnity considerations which arise.
Explore and understand the potential risks of inter-professional patient care during the pandemic.
Learn from real case studies from around the world highlighting risks to patient care and outcomes and how to mitigate these risks.
Gain an understanding of areas where improvements can be made in order to reduce clinician and patient risk.
Dr Robert Hendry
Medical Director, Medical Protection
Dr Robert Hendry studied medicine at Dundee University graduating in 1981. He was a partner in an urban teaching practice in Dundee for over 12 years. He completed a MPhil in Law and Ethics in Medicine at Glasgow University in 1992 and this led to consultancy work for the Medical Protection Society and part-time teaching at Dundee University. Dr Hendry established Medical Protection Society’s Scottish office in 2009. In 2011 he was appointed Deputy Medical Director and in 2013 became Medical Director, responsible for medicolegal services delivered to members worldwide.
Dr Justin Cheng
Medicolegal Consultant, Medical Protection
Dr Cheng is an experienced doctor who has developed a wealth of knowledge about risk prevention. For the past 10 years, Dr Cheng has been an educational presenter in Hong Kong for Medical Protection’s Risk Prevention Education Faculty. He has also co-authored the HKMA/MPS Risk Management Handbook.
Dr Cheng joined Medical Protection as a Medicolegal Consultant in July 2020 and is dedicated to supporting members and protecting the interests of healthcare professionals in Hong Kong. As well as being a first point of contact for members, he will provide expert assistance in member cases. Dr Cheng has worked extensively in medical groups and he will continue to practice part-time while supporting the profession in his new role.
Dr Ian Eardley
Consultant Urological Surgeon
Dr Ian Eardley has been a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Leeds since 1993, having trained in Cambridge, Portsmouth, St Bartholomew’s and Norwich. He specialises in andrology, reconstruction of the urinary tract and genital surgery. He has written over 200 peer review publications and chapters and has edited and/or written eight textbooks in various aspects of urology.
Dr Eardley has served as Director of the BAUS Office of Education, Chairman of SAC in Urology, President of the European Society for Sexual Medicine, Chairman of the Joint Committee for Surgical Training and was Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England until July 2018. He is the current Chairman of Council of the Medical Protection Society. In 2014 the British Association of Urological Surgeons awarded him the St Peter’s medal for his contributions to urology.
Dr Alvin Chan
Family Medicine Specialist
Dr Alvin Chan graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong and was awarded a Fellowship of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2004. He became the District Coordinator in Family Medicine of the Kowloon West Cluster of the Hospital Authority in 2004 and was further promoted to Associate Consultant in 2006.
In 2008, he took up the challenge to work in the Hospital Authority Head Office as Senior Manager in Primary and Community Services. In 2010, Dr Chan set up his own practice whilst taking up the post of part-time Associate Consultant in the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care of the Kowloon East Cluster.
Dr Chan is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in Family Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Tracy Cheung is a specialist Medicolegal Solicitor with over 15 years’ experience advising clients in dispute resolution, specialising in healthcare and the life sciences industry in Hong Kong. In December 2019, Tracy established an independent legal and mediation practice, focusing on healthcare advisory work, alternative dispute resolution and online dispute resolution of medicolegal and COVID-19 related disputes.
Prior to this, Tracy was a Partner at Medical Protection’s panel law firm, Kennedys. She provided a broad range of services to healthcare professionals, providers (public and private sector) and global insurers, including defending complex high-value medical negligence claims and disciplinary investigations, inquiries before the Medical Council of Hong Kong and regulatory work.
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