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Case report 01/11/2018

Failure to remove a swab leads to months of problems for a patient

Failure to remove a swab leads to months of problems for a patient

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Miss Y, 37 years old, was known to have bilateral ovarian endometrial cysts treated at the time of a laparotomy by Mr D, consultant gynaecologist. For several years she had been regularly followed up and repeat scans had showed recurrence of her cysts, which were managed with dydrogesterone.

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Case report 24/10/2018

Missed bowel perforation leads to complications and a large settlement

Missed bowel perforation leads to complications and a large settlement

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A woman is seen by a consultant gynaecologist, scheduled to have a diagnostic laparoscopy and her copper IUD removed. After the laparoscopy the woman is in pain, which worsens as a diagnosis is missed.

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Case report 23/10/2018

Who else is in the room?

Who else is in the room?

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A patient undergoing a colonoscopy claims her modesty is disregarded during the procedure. What did Medical Protection do to tackle this allegation?

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Advice 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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Blog post 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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Conference 09/10/2018

Acute and General Medicine Conference

Acute and General Medicine Conference

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Join us at this year’s Acute and General Medicine conference. Speak to our team at the event, who will be on hand to discuss any medicolegal queries, questions about your membership, or issues confronting today’s doctors. Visit us at stand D28.

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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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Press release 26/09/2018

Winter Indemnity Scheme Statement 2018

Winter Indemnity Scheme Statement 2018

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Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection comments on NHS England’s announcement on the Winter Indemnity Scheme.

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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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Press release 18/09/2018

Senior healthcare leaders appointed to lead Medical Protection Society

Senior healthcare leaders appointed to lead Medical Protection Society

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Two senior doctors will shortly take up leadership roles at the Medical Protection Society (MPS). Professor Dame Jane Dacre will serve as President and Mr Ian Eardley as the new Chair of MPS Council.

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Advice 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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