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Articles and features 21/12/2018

The cost of claims – control through proportionality

The cost of claims – control through proportionality

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If you have ever been unfortunate enough to receive a letter of claim, you will be aware of how stressful the process can be. Another aspect is the often high sums of money involved. Stephen Preater, costs adviser at Medical Protection, is part of an expert in-house team that is dedicated to controlling the amounts sought by claimants

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Articles and features 20/11/2018

The role of receptionists: a legal commentary

The role of receptionists: a legal commentary

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A recent Supreme Court decision, Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50, has raised questions about the role of non-clinical staff in patient care. The judgment criticised the actions of a receptionist in an Accident and Emergency (A&E) department – Joseph McCaughley, litigation solicitor at Medical Protection, looks at the ramifications of the case

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Case report 28/09/2018

Learning from allegations of sexual assault

Learning from allegations of sexual assault

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Gross negligence manslaughter is a topical issue in healthcare, but cases against doctors are still comparatively rare. Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education and Dr Richard Stacey, head of policy and technical, look at a more common cause of criminal cases brought against members of Medical Protection: sexual assault.

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Case report 21/09/2018

When is healthcare criminal?

When is healthcare criminal?

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The case of Dr Bawa-Garba and the resulting collision between the medical community and the criminal justice system, sent shockwaves around the world. Dr Richard Stacey, head of policy and technical at Medical Protection, analyses criminal cases handled by MPS in 2017 to gauge the likelihood of further charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

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News and updates 20/08/2018

Dr Bawa-Garba: the real impact of appeal win

Dr Bawa-Garba: the real impact of appeal win

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Last week saw the welcome news that Dr Bawa-Garba’s legal team had successful appealed against her erasure from the medical register. Dr Rob Hendry, medical director at Medical Protection, looks at what this decision means for doctors, the courts and the GMC

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Articles and features 25/06/2018

Practice nurses – the right indemnity for you

Practice nurses – the right indemnity for you

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As nurses take on additional roles in practices, it is vital that you understand your requirements with regards to professional indemnity. Diane Baylis, Clinical Risk and Education Manager at Medical Protection, looks at the different options.

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Case report 13/04/2018

Failure to act on cauda equina

Failure to act on cauda equina

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Mr X, a 25-year-old fit and active man, was reviewed by his GP, Dr A, with a recurrence of lower back pain. He had noticed lumbar back pain intermittently throughout his 20s, but played a lot of sports to which he attributed his symptoms.

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Press release 20/03/2018

Fairer system for setting discount rate in England and Wales is welco...

Fairer system for setting discount rate in England and Wales is welcome news

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Justice Secretary David Gauke has unveiled plans to introduce the Civil Liability Bill to parliament. The new Bill includes changes to the way the discount rate is set.

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Press release 08/12/2017

MPS sets out key asks to Government to ensure new indemnity scheme me...

MPS sets out key asks to Government to ensure new indemnity scheme meets GP’s needs

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The Government should aim to provide absolute clarity on what and who will be covered in the new state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in England, and ensure the scheme is set up in doctors’ interests, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) told the Westminster Health Forum.

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Press release 01/12/2017

MPS response to Public Accounts Committee report into NHS clinical ne...

MPS response to Public Accounts Committee report into NHS clinical negligence costs

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Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report into NHS clinical negligence costs published today - Director of Claims Policy and Legal at the Medical Protection Society, Emma Hallinan, said...

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Press release 30/11/2017

MPS response to Justice Committee report on discount rate

MPS response to Justice Committee report on discount rate

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The Justice Select Committee has just published its report on the Government’s draft legislation on the discount rate. Commenting, Director of Claims Policy and Legal at the Medical Protection Society, Emma Hallinan, said...

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Press release 30/11/2017

NHS Resolution to establish and administer new state-backed indemnity...

NHS Resolution to establish and administer new state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in England

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The Department of Health has directed NHS Resolution to establish and administer the state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in England, however details on how the scheme will operate are still to be confirmed.

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Press release 28/11/2017

Alex Chalk MP: New indemnity scheme welcome news for GPs, but we must...

Alex Chalk MP: New indemnity scheme welcome news for GPs, but we must still tackle rising costs

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The proposed state-backed indemnity scheme is welcome news for GPs in England, but the underlying issue of rising clinical negligence costs still needs to be tackled - Alex Chalk MP told MPs, peers and health leaders at a parliamentary event last night.

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Press release 01/11/2017

MPS: Legislation to deliver discount rate reform must progress swiftly

MPS: Legislation to deliver discount rate reform must progress swiftly

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The legislation that will pave the way for reform on how the discount rate is set, must be introduced to Parliament promptly to avoid the risk of clinical negligence costs becoming unsustainable, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) said today after its appearance at a Justice Select Committee.

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Articles and features 29/08/2017

Rising nurse claims

Rising nurse claims

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MPS has seen a steady rise in the number of claims involving practice nurses, with ‘delay in diagnosis’ being the most common type of claim. Kate Taylor, Clinical Risk Manager, MPS Educational Services, reveals more

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