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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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Press release 04/09/2018

Medical Protection Society calls on Government not to water down the...

Medical Protection Society calls on Government not to water down the Civil Liability Bill

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The House of Commons will debate The Civil Liability Bill for the first time on Tuesday 4th September, which includes reforms that could have more of an impact on the NHS than any other Bill during the past five years. The Medical Protection Society is calling on MPs not to water down proposals to reform how the personal injury discount rate (PIDR) is set and to allow the Bill to proceed quickly.

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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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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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News and updates 06/08/2018

Cauda equina syndrome: MPS improves NHS Choices advice

Cauda equina syndrome: MPS improves NHS Choices advice

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After previously rewriting the NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary on cauda equina syndrome (CES) red flags, an MPS medical claims adviser has gone one step further by improving the public information available through NHS Choices.

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News and updates 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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Press release 02/05/2018

MPS works with NICE to revise cauda equina syndrome red flags

MPS works with NICE to revise cauda equina syndrome red flags

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The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has been instrumental in a revision to the NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) red flag symptoms for cauda equina syndrome. The changes will help healthcare professionals diagnose the condition and make referrals earlier, enabling prevention of irreversible nerve damage and disability.

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News and updates 11/04/2018

Getting ready for GDPR

Getting ready for GDPR

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new European Union (EU) law relating to the protection of personal data in the EU. Read our summary to help ensure you are prepared.

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News and updates 21/03/2018

Duty of candour – Scotland

Duty of candour – Scotland

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A new duty of candour for all health, care and social work services comes into effect in Scotland on 1 April 2018. It places an expectation on organisations to be open, honest and supportive when there is an unexpected or unintended incident resulting in death or harm.

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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 13/03/2018

Evidence to the Professor Sir Norman Williams Review

Evidence to the Professor Sir Norman Williams Review

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The Department of Health & Social Care recently launched a review in to the application of Gross Negligence manslaughter charges in healthcare settings. Read the full MPS submission to this review here.

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Press release 07/03/2018

MPS response to David Sellu MPTS outcome

MPS response to David Sellu MPTS outcome

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The MPTS has concluded that the GMC’s allegations against surgeon David Sellu, whose gross negligent manslaughter case was quashed in November 2016, are not proved.

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News and updates 19/02/2018

Risk alert: the role of non-clinical staff

Risk alert: the role of non-clinical staff

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The role of non-clinical staff in modern general practice is expanding. Julie Price, head of risk management and education consultancy at Medical Protection, looks at the risks of such staff managing correspondence

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Press release 15/02/2018

Commitment to fixed recoverable costs scheme is welcomed

Commitment to fixed recoverable costs scheme is welcomed

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The Government has announced that an expert group will be formed to work on introducing a new cap on the amount of costs that lawyers can recover in clinical negligence cases. The proposed cap will be applied to all cases up to £25,000 and will help to save the NHS up to £45 million a year.

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Press release 06/02/2018

GMC should remain dedicated regulator in reform plans but opportunity...

GMC should remain dedicated regulator in reform plans but opportunity for improvement must be seized

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While there is need for significant improvements to the GMC’s Fitness to Practise processes, and the legal framework which underpins regulation, the GMC should remain the dedicated regulator of the medical profession, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) said today.

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Press release 06/02/2018

MPS: Government review into how gross negligence manslaughter is appl...

MPS: Government review into how gross negligence manslaughter is applied in healthcare is important and timely

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Jeremy Hunt MP has announced an urgent review into how gross negligence manslaughter is applied in healthcare, following concerns around the Dr Bawa-Garba case.

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News and updates 01/02/2018

Medical Protection shares concerns of Dr Bawa-Garba case

Medical Protection shares concerns of Dr Bawa-Garba case

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Last week, the High Court handed down the judgement of the case of Dr Bawa-Garba vs the GMC. The judgement concluded that Dr Bawa-Garba should be erased from the medical register.

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Press release 30/01/2018

E-portfolios remain an important part of a doctor’s professional deve...

E-portfolios remain an important part of a doctor’s professional development

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Commenting on the concerns around e-portfolios, following the judgement on the Dr Bawa-Garba case – Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Senior Medicolegal Adviser at Medical Protection said...

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Press release 21/12/2017

Fear of legal action impacting on way GPs practise

Fear of legal action impacting on way GPs practise

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A significant number of GPs say the fear of being sued is a major factor in their decisions to order more tests, make more referrals or prescribe medication – according to survey results published by a leading medical protection organisation.

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Press release 19/12/2017

MPS response to GMC State of Medical Education and Practice report

MPS response to GMC State of Medical Education and Practice report

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The General Medical Council’s State of Medical Education and Practice 2017 report has been published today. Commenting, Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Senior Medicolegal Adviser at the Medical Protection Society, said: “This report shows that the vast majority of GMC investigations are closed without action, the end result being that over a thousand doctors go through a needless, stressful and slow process each year...

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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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