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Articles and features 22/07/2019

Learning from Locums

Learning from Locums

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In this article, medicolegal consultant Dr Rachel Birch talks with Dr Richard Fieldhouse, Chairman of NASGP, about how the experiences of locum GPs have led NASGP to design systems to save practices and locum GPs time, provide information and improve patient care.

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Case report 18/07/2019

An early presentation

An early presentation

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Baby T was eight weeks old when his mother brought him to his GP’s morning surgery. His mother had become increasingly concerned about his general irritability and frequent crying episodes, which lasted up to two hours. These had become apparent over the past three days, not settling with breast feeding.

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Case report 18/07/2019

Back again with cauda equina syndrome

Back again with cauda equina syndrome

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When Mrs C, a keen golfer in her early forties, began to experience constant pain in her lower back, she consulted a GP at her local surgery. Dr P took a history of slow onset of pain with restricted mobility. He did not examine her, but prescribed an NSAID and advised Mrs C to return in two weeks if there was no improvement.

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Articles and features 09/07/2019

Non-compliant patient sues doctor: whose fault is it?

Non-compliant patient sues doctor: whose fault is it?

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Whilst doctors have a duty of care for their patients, and their primary concern should be their wellbeing, how do we establish patient responsibility for their own wellbeing? Dr Dawn McGuire, Medical Claims Adviser, looks into contributory negligence and whether we can define patient responsibility.

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Articles and features 09/07/2019

Team communication within general practice

Team communication within general practice

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Suzanne Creed, clinical risk and education manager at Medical Protection, explores some risk management tips and strategies to improve communication within your team

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Case report 01/07/2019

An uncollected prescription

An uncollected prescription

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An elderly patient dies after his prescription goes uncollected. Who is at fault – the GP or the patient’s care home? Medical Protection assisted a member at the resulting inquest.

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Case report 01/07/2019

Too close to home

Too close to home

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This psychiatric claim underlines the perils of treating those close to you.

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Case report 20/06/2019

Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer

Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer

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Mr U has a hernia repair and is later diagnosed with lung cancer. He makes a claim against two surgeons involved, alleging it should have been identified sooner.

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Articles and features 17/06/2019

GP dilemma: prescribing valproate

GP dilemma: prescribing valproate

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As a GP, what should you do when a patient already taking a valproate medicine attends for another prescription without meeting specific safety criteria?

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Webinar

Webinar - Review of the GMCs position of the charges of gross neglig...

Date: 18/06/2019 19:30 -18/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Review of the GMCs position of the charges of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide

Join Medical Director Dr Rob Hendry and Dr Pallavi Bradshaw they take you through the position of the regulator and recent case law. They will also present the learnings and highlight action points for practicing clinicians.

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Webinar - Learning from cases in anaesthetics

Date: 25/06/2019 19:30 -25/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Learning from cases in anaesthetics

Join us in our live webinar as we explore the findings from the analysis of Anaesthetic Medical Protection members, where we scrutinise claims, pre-claims, complaints and General Medical Council investigations. We also explore local disciplinary procedures and inquests.

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Webinar - Learning from cases in general surgery

Date: 19/06/2019 19:30 -19/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Learning from cases in general surgery

Dr John Jolly and Dr James Thorpe share the findings and analysis of which surgical procedures are most likely to lead to a patient making a claim. They also highlight contributing factors behind cases and make informed recommendations to reduce risks.

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Webinar - Dealing with complaints in general practice

Date: 12/06/2019 19:30 -12/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Dealing with complaints in general practice

Join medical director Rob Hendry and medicolegal consultant Kirsa Morganti as they explore managing complaints and how to reduce your risks to minimise them.

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Case report 22/05/2019

A tale of two doctors: the junior and the consultant

A tale of two doctors: the junior and the consultant

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Dr Marika Davies, medicolegal consultant, looks at the recent case of GA v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2019] CSOH 31, where the death of a 77-year-old patient raised questions over where the liability for the negligence lay: the junior doctor or the consultant?

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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

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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