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Articles and features 17/06/2019

GP dilemma: prescribing valproate

GP dilemma: prescribing valproate

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As a GP, what should you do when a patient already taking a valproate medicine attends for another prescription without meeting specific safety criteria?

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Case report 22/05/2019

A tale of two doctors: the junior and the consultant

A tale of two doctors: the junior and the consultant

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Dr Marika Davies, medicolegal consultant, looks at the recent case of GA v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2019] CSOH 31, where the death of a 77-year-old patient raised questions over where the liability for the negligence lay: the junior doctor or the consultant?

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Articles and features 10/05/2019

Dying matters: medicolegal aspects of end-of-life care, DNACPR and or...

Dying matters: medicolegal aspects of end-of-life care, DNACPR and organ donation

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To mark the Dying Matters national awareness week, between 13 and 19 May, Medical Protection asked nearly 400 members in the UK about their experiences on a number of issues such as DNACPR, organ donation and withdrawal of treatment.

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News and updates 10/05/2019

Withdrawing treatment: the legal position

Withdrawing treatment: the legal position

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In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that healthcare professionals across the UK no longer need to seek legal permission to withdraw treatment from patients in a permanent vegetative state

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Articles and features 10/05/2019

Presumed consent for organ donation: what’s changing where?

Presumed consent for organ donation: what’s changing where?

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In a recent Medical Protection survey almost a third of doctors questioned were not comfortable discussing organ donation with a patient. With different laws across the UK and further changes imminent, this is maybe not surprising

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Articles and features 10/05/2019

End of life care

End of life care

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When treating a patient who is close to death, clear communication and collective decision-making are as important as any clinical intervention

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Articles and features 31/12/2018

Surviving medical school: Communication

Surviving medical school: Communication

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Good doctors are good communicators – it’s that simple. This article examines how building your communication skills at medical school will stand you in good stead as a doctor.

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Articles and features 19/10/2018

A touchy subject

A touchy subject

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Intimate examinations are something that every GP will have to carry out at some point in their career, but it’s important that they are conducted in an appropriate manner, especially if one is required during a home visit. Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, gives her advice on how best to manage these situations

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Articles and features 19/10/2018

Should you mention the C word when it is probably nothing?

Should you mention the C word when it is probably nothing?

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You are concerned there’s a small chance a patient might have cancer. You want to refer them for tests. Do you tell them the possible, albeit unlikely, diagnosis and risk upsetting or scaring them? Or do you try and keep them calm and not mention the C word at all?

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Case report 12/09/2018

Injection errors

Injection errors

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A common cause of claims at Medical Protection is injection errors. While generally low in value, they frequently cause anxiety to patients and clinicians, and are easily avoided. Dr Dawn McGuire, Medical Claims Adviser at Medical Protection, looks at some typical cases.

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Articles and features 12/09/2018

Online prescription services: what if you disagree?

Online prescription services: what if you disagree?

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Online prescription services offer great convenience to patients, but they also come with risks. What do you do if one of your patients has been taking medication prescribed online that you do not think they require? Dr Marika Davies, senior medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, explores this issue.

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News and updates 20/08/2018

Legal permission is no longer required to withdraw treatment in end o...

Legal permission is no longer required to withdraw treatment in end of life decisions

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Healthcare professionals do not need to seek Court approval when withdrawing treatment from patients in a permanent vegetative state, following a ruling by the Supreme Court.

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Articles and features 06/08/2018

Is my patient fit to fly?

Is my patient fit to fly?

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Now that the peak holiday season is upon us, GPs may find themselves asked to declare patients “fit to fly”. Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal adviser at Medical Protection, presents two case scenarios, illustrating what GPs can do to support patients while minimising potential risks.

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Articles and features 08/06/2018

Redaction and anonymisation - doing your bit for data protection

Redaction and anonymisation - doing your bit for data protection

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New data protection regulations came into force on 25 May and MPS is committed to fulfilling its legal obligations – correct redaction and anonymisation is one way that you can play your part in safeguarding data.

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