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Casebook 30/08/2017

It's your call

It's your call

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Members call the Medical Protection advice line about a wide range of issues. Our useful infographic reveals what you have been calling us about, and how often.

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Casebook 30/08/2017

Opinion: Failure to test for HIV infection: A medicolegal question?

Opinion: Failure to test for HIV infection: A medicolegal question?

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Dr Michael Rayment and Dr Ann Sullivan, Department of Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust (on behalf of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, and the British HIV Association).

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Casebook 29/08/2017

Nasogastric tube errors

Nasogastric tube errors

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Nasogastric tubes are widely used in the world’s hospitals, yet in spite of fierce campaigning to expose the dangers, patients are still dying from the complications of wrongful insertion. Sara Williams and MPS medicolegal adviser Dr Gordon McDavid explore how to avoid these risks.

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Casebook 29/08/2017

We need to talk about death: Complaints about end of life care

We need to talk about death: Complaints about end of life care

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When treating a patient who has reached the end of life, clear communication and collective decision-making are as important as any clinical intervention, says Sarah Whitehouse

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Casebook 29/08/2017

The worst of times

The worst of times

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Unemployment reduces wellbeing. Recession raises the demands on healthcare systems and makes it harder to pay for them. Doctors worldwide are having to adapt and change to cope with these additional pressures, says Sarah Whitehouse

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Casebook 04/07/2017

A new criminal offence for doctors

A new criminal offence for doctors

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The government is introducing a new criminal offence for healthcare workers who wilfully neglect or ill-treat patients. The new offence may seem uncontentious but, in practice, it could have significant unintended consequences that could negatively impact on the professional lives of all healthcare workers, including doctors.

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Casebook 04/07/2017

Medical Innovation Bill

Medical Innovation Bill

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The Medical Innovation Bill, promoted by Lord Saatchi, proposes legal protection for doctors who try novel treatments for patients for whom standard treatments are no longer effective. The Bill is currently undergoing further scrutiny in the House of Lords.

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Casebook 03/07/2017

The accused

The accused

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Public exposure from complaints and claims can cause doctors to face a trial by media. In 2011, a UK GP was accused of sexually motivated conduct when he examined a patient’s chest – he shares his experience with Sara Dawson

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Casebook 25/09/2014

A litigation alternative?

A litigation alternative?

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The Scottish Government is exploring the possibility of a no-fault compensation scheme – here Gareth Gillespie looks at how it works in Sweden

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Casebook 22/09/2014

Guiding you through the claims process

Guiding you through the claims process

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Following your feedback, Medical Protection has launched a new way of supporting you if you receive a clinical negligence claim. MPS medicolegal adviser Dr Sam Godwin explains what the changes mean

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Casebook 03/09/2014

The story of Beth Bowen

The story of Beth Bowen

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In 2007 Clare Bowen’s five-year-old daughter Beth died during surgery at a hospital in the UK. Here she tells her story to Sara Dawson – and relays her hopes that it will reduce the likelihood of such an incident happening again

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Casebook 01/09/2014

Inside the Mental Welfare Commission

Inside the Mental Welfare Commission

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The Commission safeguards the interests of people with mental illness and learning disabilities, and earlier this year issued detailed guidance on the administration of covert medicine. Here Lynn McBean, communications manager, describes the work of the organisation.

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Casebook 01/09/2014

Healthcare for all?

Healthcare for all?

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Access to NHS care for migrants and visitors will change as a result of the Immigration Act 2014. MPS senior medicolegal adviser Dr Bryony Hooper outlines the current position and likely changes.

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Casebook 25/05/2014

High reliability in healthcare: A personal failure

High reliability in healthcare: A personal failure

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In his follow-up to last edition’s article on high reliability organisations, Dr Dan Cohen revisits a personal experience that formed part of his own steep learning curve.

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Casebook 06/05/2014

Medicine and manslaughter

Medicine and manslaughter

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Last year’s custodial sentence for surgeon David Sellu, following a verdict of gross negligence manslaughter, raised concerns within the profession. Former Casebook Editor-in-chief Dr Stephanie Bown met with Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, to discuss what the ruling means for healthcare professionals.

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Casebook 01/01/2014

Anatomy of a claim

Anatomy of a claim

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The path of a clinical negligence claim is often long and complex. The eventual outcome is affected by a number of key factors; MPS claims manager and solicitor Antoinette Coltsmann takes an in-depth look at a recent MPS case.

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Casebook 21/09/2013

A conversation with... David Pearl

A conversation with... David Pearl

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His Honour Judge David Pearl has been Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) since June 2012. The MPTS took over the adjudication of doctors’ fitness to practise from the GMC in order to create a system independent of the investigation process. Judge Pearl recently met with Gareth Gillespie to reflect on the first year of the MPTS and what further plans he has in store for the organisation.

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Casebook 29/05/2013

Followership: the forgotten part of leadership

Followership: the forgotten part of leadership

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It goes without saying that strong leadership is vital to ensuring the stability and success of healthcare systems. But the value of followers in challenging this leadership is just as great, say Mr Andrew Gibbons and Ms Danielle Bryant.

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