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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 15/07/2019

HIV and confidentiality

HIV and confidentiality

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Medical Protection’s expert consultants frequently deal with queries about patient confidentiality. However, few cases reach the steps of the courts. Dr James Lucas, medicolegal consultant, examines a recent High Court judgment in a neighbouring jurisdiction.

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Articles and features 15/07/2019

HIV and confidentiality

HIV and confidentiality

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Medical Protection’s expert consultants frequently deal with queries about patient confidentiality. However, few cases reach the steps of the courts. Dr James Lucas, medicolegal consultant, examines a recent High Court judgment in a neighbouring jurisdiction.

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Press release 15/07/2019

MPS disappointed at small increase to the personal injury discount rate

MPS disappointed at small increase to the personal injury discount rate

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The Lord Chancellor has announced that he will lay a Statutory Instrument in Parliament to change the discount rate applicable to personal injury lump sum compensation payments, to minus 0.25%.

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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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Articles and features 25/06/2019

Behind the scenes of a coroner's inquest

Behind the scenes of a coroner's inquest

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Medical Protection receives hundreds of calls every year from our members asking for assistance with coroners’ inquiries. But what does the process actually involve and what do doctors need to do?

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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 18/06/2019

Testamentary capacity – understanding the part you play

Testamentary capacity – understanding the part you play

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Navigating the legal background and providing practical advice for doctors, Ricky Kimachia, advisory case manager at Medical Protection, considers recent queries from members regarding testamentary capacity.

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