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Articles and features 21/05/2019

A potted history of medicine

A potted history of medicine

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Throughout history, doctors have treated patients, and doctors have made mistakes. We delve deep into the past to see what doctors used to get away with

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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

Understanding mental capacity: advance decisions

Understanding mental capacity: advance decisions

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Mental capacity is the ability to make a decision. If a person lacks capacity, they have an impairment or disturbance that leaves them unable to make a decision. A patient’s capacity to make decisions about their own care is a fundamental part of matters relating to end of life care

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Articles and features 10/05/2019

The procurator fiscal and fatal accident inquiries

The procurator fiscal and fatal accident inquiries

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A procurator fiscal investigates all sudden and suspicious deaths in Scotland, conducts fatal accident inquiries and handles criminal complaints against the police. There are 11 procurator fiscals, each covering a specific geographical location within Scotland, who between them investigate around 14,000 sudden deaths each year

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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

Giving evidence at an inquest

Giving evidence at an inquest

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As a doctor, you may be asked to give evidence at an inquest, which is conducted by the coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. Find out what happens and how you can ensure you’re prepared

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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 09/05/2019

Confidentiality after death

Confidentiality after death

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Confidentiality is at the centre of maintaining trust between patients and doctors. But what are your obligations to a patient after they have died?

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Masterclasses

Risk Management Masterclass for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Date: 24/07/2019 9:00 -24/07/2019 17:00 (Read more for further details) Location: London (Read more for further details)
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Risk Management Masterclass for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Take decisive action to reduce to challenges to your practice, with our one-day Risk Management Masterclass.

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Press release 24/04/2019

Government proposal regarding NHS Pension Scheme opposed

Government proposal regarding NHS Pension Scheme opposed

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Medical Protection opposes Government proposal that could deprive doctors of the NHS Pension Scheme prior to a criminal conviction .

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[Past] Webinar - Doctors in the dock

Date: 07/05/2019 18:30 -07/05/2019 19:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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[Past] Webinar - Doctors in the dock

Recording available. Join Dr Rob Hendry for our upcoming webinar, where we’ll look at how we can work towards a more just culture. You’ll take away strategies to help you reduce your risk and avoid the stress and difficulty of criminal charges.

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Articles and features 08/04/2019

Should I declare that my patient is fit to run a marathon?

Should I declare that my patient is fit to run a marathon?

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GPs may be unsure about declaring patients fit to take part in physical events. Dr Emma Davies, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, provides advice on this common query

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Articles and features 22/03/2019

Tackling sepsis

Tackling sepsis

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Sepsis is a serious condition, with significant medicolegal risk. Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Education Services Lead (UK) at Medical Protection, looks at where the risk lies

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