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Articles and features 11/08/2022

High profile patients

High profile patients

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Treating high-profile patients can often present a unique set of medicolegal challenges and it is important that doctors protect themselves, as well as the patient. Dr Emma Green, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, discusses the common issues and sets out some advice

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Case report 11/08/2022

Sympathectomy claim centered around consent

Sympathectomy claim centered around consent

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Thirty-year-old Mr P had suffered from facial and palmar hyperhidrosis and blushing since he was fourteen. Over the years, he had tried various over-the-counter remedies and a period of psychotherapy with no success. Although he had learned to live with his condition to some extent, he found it socially inhibiting and believed that it was preventing him from progressing in his career as an accountant.

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Articles and features 11/08/2022

Reducing the risks that come with remote handovers

Reducing the risks that come with remote handovers

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Communication between clinicians during a patient handover is a known point of medicolegal risk. Dr Sarah Coope, Senior Medical Educator at Medical Protection, looks at how gaps in information, misunderstandings and assumptions can increase the risk of errors, conflict and complaints.

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Articles and features 11/08/2022

Managing timetable conflicts

Managing timetable conflicts

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When carrying out NHS and private practice work, it’s important to ensure that the needs of both your private patients and your NHS patients are met. Dr Heidi Mounsey, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at one potential scenario and offers some guidance.

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Case report 11/08/2022

Corneal graft surgery leads to claim

Corneal graft surgery leads to claim

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Mr M, a 45-year-old lawyer with a substantial income, consulted Dr L, an ophthalmologist, for the management of deteriorating keratoconus. He had become intolerant of contact lenses and was experiencing visual difficulties. His right eye had a corneal scar secondary to severe keratoconus, and he had keratoconus forme fruste in his left eye. Visual acuity was 6/20 in the right eye and 6/12 in the left eye.

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Articles and features 02/08/2022

What does 'safe space' mean for safety investigations in the NHS?

What does 'safe space' mean for safety investigations in the NHS?

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Dr Sean Weaver, Deputy Medical Director, and Cassandra Cameron, Head of Policy and Strategy, from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, look towards the 2023 introduction of ‘safe space’ in England – and what this means for patient safety

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Articles and features 02/08/2022

Breaching confidentiality: can doctors report a crime?

Breaching confidentiality: can doctors report a crime?

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Dr Emma Green, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, recalls a harrowing experience encountering a violent patient and considers the impact on confidentiality when reporting criminal behaviour or assault.

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Articles and features 01/08/2022

Response to the review of Good Medical Practice

Response to the review of Good Medical Practice

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Medical Protection Society (MPS) has recently submitted our response to the review of Good medical practice carried out by the General Medical Council (GMC) .

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Articles and features 28/07/2022

Significant event audits

Significant event audits

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Medical Protection explains how Significant Event Analysis (SEA) work and in what scenarios they would need to be undertaken.

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Case report 22/07/2022

Medical Protection offers advice and support to Interested Person

Medical Protection offers advice and support to Interested Person

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Dr Lucy Hanington, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, recalls a case in which an NHS consultant was called as ‘Interested Person’ by the coroner’s office.

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Case report 22/07/2022

Conflicts and criticism in inquests

Conflicts and criticism in inquests

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Dr Lucy Hanington, Medicolegal Consultant, details a case which demonstrate how having separate representation via Medical Protection can help during inquest proceedings.

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Case report 21/07/2022

Anorexia case leads to inquest

Anorexia case leads to inquest

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Eating disorders can be complex conditions for clinicians to manage. Dr Emma Davies, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at a case of anorexia that resulted in our member being called to an inquest.

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Articles and features 21/07/2022

Dealing with negative online reviews

Dealing with negative online reviews

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Whether a bolt out of the blue or a digital manifestation of a deteriorating doctor-patient relationship, negative online reviews are an increasingly common part of the healthcare landscape. So, what do you do when you encounter one? Claire O’Leary, Case Manager at Medical Protection, advises don’t panic – use it as a chance to improve your practice

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Articles and features 17/07/2022

Medical Protection launching a new campaign on expert witnesses

Medical Protection launching a new campaign on expert witnesses

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Medical Protection launches a campaign to widen the pool of available experts by encouraging more doctors to take up expert work, while also ensuring a more cohesive and centralised approach to the training and identifying of appropriate experts.

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Articles and features 17/07/2022

Medical Protection launching a new campaign on expert witnesses

Medical Protection launching a new campaign on expert witnesses

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Medical Protection launches a campaign to widen the pool of available experts by encouraging more doctors to take up expert work, while also ensuring a more cohesive and centralised approach to the training and identifying of appropriate experts.

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Case report 14/07/2022

GMC investigation triggered by the death of a patient

GMC investigation triggered by the death of a patient

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An NHS consultant physician is the subject of a criminal and GMC investigation following the death of a patient with multiple organ failure. By Dr Beth Walker, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection.

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