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Articles and features 19/04/2021

A spoonful of sugar…understanding medication errors

A spoonful of sugar…understanding medication errors

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As the GMC updates its prescribing guidance, Dr Sophie Haroon, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at some common causes of claims and provides advice on avoiding the pitfalls

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Articles and features 01/04/2021

GPs in England and Wales – are you covered for claims?

GPs in England and Wales – are you covered for claims?

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Responsibility for the handling of clinical negligence claims against GPs in England and Wales changed on 1 April 2021. Dr Dawn McGuire, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at what this might mean for you

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Articles and features 30/03/2021

New resource launches to aid record keeping

New resource launches to aid record keeping

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GPConsult.co.uk is a free resource available to all members of Medical Protection. Find out how it helps GPs keep an accurate and concise record of each patient consultation.

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Press release 18/03/2021

Statement on GMC's updated guidance on doctors with low level allegat...

Statement on GMC's updated guidance on doctors with low level allegations

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Medical Protection statement on General Medical Council (GMC) updated guidance on how it will consider concerns about doctors involving allegations of low level violence and dishonesty.

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Articles and features 25/02/2021

Surviving the pandemic - how can employers support doctors during COV...

Surviving the pandemic - how can employers support doctors during COVID-19?

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Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury looks at ways that organisations can support doctors' wellbeing, resilience and mental health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting on measures that were put in place at the London Nightingale hospital.

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Press release 12/02/2021

4 in 5 GPs fear reprisal over delayed referrals

4 in 5 GPs fear reprisal over delayed referrals

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Nearly 4 in 5 GPs in the UK (77%) are concerned about facing investigation if patients come to harm as a result of delayed referrals or non Covid-19 services being unavailable or limited, according to a survey by Medical Protection.

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Missed opportunity to reform GMC, says Medical Protection

Missed opportunity to reform GMC, says Medical Protection

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Medical Protection has called on the Government to move at pace to reform the General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise processes, rather than tinkering by changing the number of regulatory bodies.

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Press release 03/12/2020

Medical Protection providing automatic and free of charge support for...

Medical Protection providing automatic and free of charge support for retired doctors who join NHS Covid-19 vaccine team

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Medical Protection providing automatic and free of charge support for retired doctors who join NHS Covid-19 vaccine team

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Press release 26/11/2020

Medical Protection response to DHSC consultation: Urgent action neede...

Medical Protection response to DHSC consultation: Urgent action needed to reform GMC

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Medical Protection welcomes the commitment by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to modernise the laws that underpin the work of the health and care professional regulators.

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Articles and features 19/11/2020

Remote consultations – what are the benefits and risks?

Remote consultations – what are the benefits and risks?

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Dr Emma Davies, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, provides advice on getting the full benefits from this new way of working.

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Articles and features 19/11/2020

Storing images in medical records

Storing images in medical records

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The receipt and storage of images of patients is currently a common source of queries from our members, largely due to the increased use of remote consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ayisha Hooper, Case Manager at Medical Protection, reviews the relevant guidance.​

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Press release 18/11/2020

1 in 3 doctors have suffered verbal or physical abuse during Covid-19

1 in 3 doctors have suffered verbal or physical abuse during Covid-19

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Over a third (35%) of healthcare professionals say they have suffered verbal or physical abuse from patients, or patients’ relatives during Covid-19, according to a survey by Medical Protection.

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Case report 13/11/2020

Alleged failure to investigate chest pain

Alleged failure to investigate chest pain

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A GP faces a clinical negligence claim on the grounds of failure to undertake cardiac-related investigations. This case report looks at how MPS successfully sought mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution, avoiding formal court proceedings.

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Case report 13/11/2020

Partnership dispute leads to disciplinary investigation

Partnership dispute leads to disciplinary investigation

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A GP faces suspension after her partner reports her for deficient clinical performance following a dispute. This case report looks at how MPS provided long-term support to the member, enabling her to return to practice.

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Case report 13/11/2020

Delayed diagnosis of renal disease leads to claim

Delayed diagnosis of renal disease leads to claim

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Patient facing kidney transplant or lifelong dialysis makes a negligence claim against GPs and hospital following delayed referral to nephrology and failure to recognise her underlying renal condition. This case report looks at where clinicians went wrong, and explains how MPS managed to settle the case for a moderate sum that was substantially less than the original request.

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Articles and features 13/10/2020

Flu vaccines: managing clinics in the COVID-19 era

Flu vaccines: managing clinics in the COVID-19 era

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Brian Caldwell-White, Case Manager at Medical Protection, and Dr Emma Davies, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, look at the various considerations when controlling risk during this year’s flu vaccination programme

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