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Articles and features 04/06/2019

Learning from cases: specialty focus - General Surgery

Learning from cases: specialty focus - General Surgery

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Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, Dr Heidi Mounsey, medical claims adviser, look at the reasons behind medicolegal cases reported to us at Medical Protection.

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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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Articles and features 23/05/2019

Why the way errors are investigated needs to change

Why the way errors are investigated needs to change

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Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, Education Services Lead (UK) at Medical Protection, says it is unfair that doctors are being held responsible for mistakes that have been caused by system failings

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Articles and features 22/05/2019

Adult safeguarding and confidentiality – disclosing information to th...

Adult safeguarding and confidentiality – disclosing information to the Office of the Public Guardian

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Knowing when you can disclose sensitive patient information is a notoriously complex area. Sarah Pickering, advisory case manager at Medical Protection, considers some recent queries from members regarding disclosures to the Office of the Public Guardian

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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

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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[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 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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Articles and features 27/02/2019

Medical examiners: a new role for England and Wales

Medical examiners: a new role for England and Wales

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From April 2019, the new role of medical examiner will be introduced into the process for investigating the deaths of patients. Dr Ben Lobo, consultant physician, geriatrician and medical examiner, and Dr Ewen Ross, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, look at what this means for you

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Articles and features 14/02/2019

How to fall back in love with your medical career

How to fall back in love with your medical career

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Working in medicine has its ups and downs, so it’s important to do the things that help you stay happy at work.

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Articles and features 08/02/2019

Learning from cases - Anaesthesia

Learning from cases - Anaesthesia

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Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, and Dr Heidi Mounsey, medical claims adviser, look at the reasons behind medicolegal cases reported to us at Medical Protection.

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