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Case report 12/04/2018

Strong record-keeping – strong defence

Strong record-keeping – strong defence

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Ms Q, 58 years old, consulted Dr G, a gastroenterologist, with a history of dyspepsia, early satiety and altered bowel habit. Clinical examination, including digital rectal examination, was recorded as normal...

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Blog post 25/06/2018

GMC loses right to appeal – Medical Protection welcomes news

GMC loses right to appeal – Medical Protection welcomes news

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In the latest development surrounding manslaughter in healthcare, the government has agreed to remove the GMC’s right to appeal decisions reached by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). This change follows ongoing campaigning by MPS, and Dr Rob Hendry, medical director at Medical Protection, says this is great news for the profession

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Advice 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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Casebook 29/08/2017

Nasogastric tube errors

Nasogastric tube errors

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Nasogastric tubes are widely used in the world’s hospitals, yet in spite of fierce campaigning to expose the dangers, patients are still dying from the complications of wrongful insertion. Sara Williams and MPS medicolegal adviser Dr Gordon McDavid explore how to avoid these risks.

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17/06/2016

Safe prescribing

Safe prescribing

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing has been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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Publication content 30/03/2016

Dealing with adverse incidents

Dealing with adverse incidents

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One of the greatest challenges a doctor will face during their career is in ensuring they respond well when things go wrong. Even the most experienced doctors make mistakes but it can be particularly difficult to deal with when you are one of the more junior members of the team.

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Case report 07/12/2015

Oh by the way, doctor

Oh by the way, doctor

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Mrs R was a receptionist in a local estate agent’s office. One evening, she noticed that her 11-year-old son, Y, was limping as he walked towards her in the kitchen. Y was overweight and had been grumbling to his mother about his left knee hurting intermittently for the previous month.

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05/11/2015

Clinical negligence claims – what to expect

Clinical negligence claims – what to expect

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A clinical negligence claim is a demand for financial compensation for alleged harm caused by substandard clinical care. Common reasons for claims include failure or delay in diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. In fact, many claims arise out of poor communication.

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06/05/2015

Needlestick injuries

Needlestick injuries

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Needlestick injuries can be classified as any piercing wound caused by a hypodermic needle, or by other sharp instruments or objects such as scalpels, mounted needles, broken glassware, etc. This factsheet sets out the main concerns for healthcare professionals and what to do when needlestick injuries happen.

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Case report 05/05/2015

Too much oxygen

Too much oxygen

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A baby was born by caesarean section at 27 weeks gestation with a birth weight of 980grams. The baby was intubated, ventilated and endotracheal surfactant was administered.

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Case report 05/05/2015

A problem with polyps

A problem with polyps

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Mr S was a 35-year-old taxi driver who was visiting his extended family abroad. While he was there he decided to have a routine health check in a private clinic. He told the doctor in the health clinic that he had noticed some rectal bleeding over the previous four months.

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30/04/2015

Clinical negligence claims – What to expect

Clinical negligence claims – What to expect

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A clinical negligence claim is a demand for financial compensation for alleged harm caused by substandard clinical care. Common reasons for claims include failure or delay in diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. In fact, many claims arise out of poor communication.

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22/01/2015

Safe prescribing

Safe prescribing

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing have been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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05/01/2015

Clinical negligence claims – What to expect

Clinical negligence claims – What to expect

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A clinical negligence claim is a demand for financial compensation for alleged harm caused by substandard clinical care. Common reasons for claims include failure or delay in diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. In fact, many claims arise out of poor communication. This factsheet outlines the main stages in the legal process of a claim and what it means for you. If you receive a complaint, and this is not being dealt with by your NHS or other employer, you should contact MPS immediately.

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Case report 15/05/2014

Headaches and hypertension

Headaches and hypertension

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Mr J was 43 and unemployed. He developed headaches and complained that sunshine hurt his eyes and he was bothered by noise. He made an appointment with his GP, Dr A, explaining that he had tried over-the-counter painkillers but that they did not help when he had one of his pounding headaches. Dr A documented Mr J had presented with headaches with some features of migraine and prescribed some tramadol...

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01/05/2014

Raising concerns and whistleblowing

Raising concerns and whistleblowing

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One of the most difficult situations faced by any clinician is when you are concerned that a colleague’s behaviour, health or professional performance may be placing patients at risk. This factsheet outlines your duty to raise concerns when patients may be at risk of harm.

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01/04/2014

Raising concerns and whistleblowing

Raising concerns and whistleblowing

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One of the most difficult situations faced by any clinician is when you are concerned that a colleague’s behaviour, health or professional performance may be placing patients at risk. This factsheet outlines your duty to raise concerns when patients may be at risk of harm.

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Factsheet 01/10/2013

Report writing

Report writing

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One incident can be investigated in a number of different ways – as a complaint, a clinical negligence claim, a criminal case, a disciplinary matter by your employer, a Coroner’s inquest or a complaint to the GMC. An important starting point is your written report on the circumstances of the incident. This factsheet gives more information about writing this report.

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