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Factsheet 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 - Northern Ireland

Report writing - Northern Ireland

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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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Case report 21/01/2013

A challenging combination

A challenging combination

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Mr Y was a 21-year-old unemployed man who lived with his mother. He was a heroin addict and in the last few months, he had started injecting into his groin. Each day he was spending about £40 on heroin and cocaine and had recently served a prison sentence for burglary to fund his habit.

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Casebook 01/09/2012

Fairness to all: A look at Membership Governance

Fairness to all: A look at Membership Governance

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Many members of MPS will have very few medicolegal cases in the course of their career. But what happens to those who need assistance rather more frequently? Sarah Whitehouse finds out more.

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Case report 01/05/2011

Tomorrow is too late

Tomorrow is too late

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Six-year-old FM underwent a left Salter’s osteotomy to treat the developmental dysplasia of his hip. Mr R, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, performed the procedure. Prior to it, he discussed the risks and benefits of this operation with FM’s parents and recorded it all in the clinical notes.

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Case report 01/05/2010

The patient with too many ills

The patient with too many ills

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Mr S was a 45-year-old man who was well-known to his GP. He was an anxious, frequent attendee, who needed to discuss different symptoms and worried about his general health. He had suffered from psychiatric disorders in the past and was a heavy smoker who found it difficult to give up.

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Case report 01/01/2010

Rare and serious complications

Rare and serious complications

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Mrs W, a 28-year-old woman, was 34 weeks’ pregnant with her first child. Her pregnancy had been uneventful up to this point, although she had received input from the local smoking cessation service, having had difficulty giving up during the second trimester.

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Case report 01/01/2010

Wrongly reassured

Wrongly reassured

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Miss R was 28 years old and in a stable relationship. She worked shifts in a call centre and found that she was forgetting to take her oral contraceptive pill at the correct time. She had tried the IUCD in the past and, after she developed an infection and it had to be removed, she was not keen on trying that again.

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Case report 01/01/2010

A 20-year-old mistake

A 20-year-old mistake

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Ms V attended her GP, Dr U, at age 15 complaining of unexplained pain in the area of her right hip, groin and knee. She was a keen netballer, but did not recall any episodes of trauma that had precipitated the symptoms. Dr U performed a cursory examination and deemed the patient to be systemically well, with no evidence of hernias, and no abnormality of gait.

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Case report 01/01/2010

A takeaway lesson

A takeaway lesson

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Mr U, a 39-year-old print worker, attended his local Emergency Department (ED) one evening with a six-hour history of vomiting and abdominal discomfort. The symptoms had come on shortly after eating a takeaway meal. He was seen by Dr A, a doctor-in-training on the emergency medicine rotation. Dr A documented a detailed abdominal examination which showed no evidence of an acute abdomen. Dr A diagnosed acute gastritis or early gastroenteritis and advised Mr U to go home, rest, and see his GP the next day if things had not settled down.

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Case report 01/01/2009

Send her in

Send her in

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Mrs E was an overweight school cook in her 50s who had type 2 diabetes and smoked 20 cigarettes a day. She developed a cough on the flight home from a holiday in Cyprus and, one week later, went to see her GP, Dr R. The cough had become productive of green sputum and she said she was also feeling extremely tired and generally unwell.

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Case report 01/01/2009

Continuity of care

Continuity of care

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Mr R was a 60-year-old builder who had been retired for several years after suffering a myocardial infarction. For four years he had been under the care of Mr U, consultant urologist, for the treatment of symptoms of bladder outflow obstruction secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. His treatment consisted of dual therapy with an alpha adrenergic receptor blocker and 5-alpha reductase inhibitors, and he was reviewed every six months in Mr U’s outpatient clinic.

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Case report 01/09/2008

Sample not sent to histology

Sample not sent to histology

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Mrs F, a 60-year-old retired gardener, attended her GP surgery enquiring about a lesion on her scalp. It had been bothering her for several years but she had ignored it. She assumed it was scar tissue from a head injury sustained several years ago, which had required stitches.

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