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Press release 28/11/2017

Alex Chalk MP: New indemnity scheme welcome news for GPs, but we must...

Alex Chalk MP: New indemnity scheme welcome news for GPs, but we must still tackle rising costs

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The proposed state-backed indemnity scheme is welcome news for GPs in England, but the underlying issue of rising clinical negligence costs still needs to be tackled - Alex Chalk MP told MPs, peers and health leaders at a parliamentary event last night.

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Press release 01/11/2017

MPS: Legislation to deliver discount rate reform must progress swiftly

MPS: Legislation to deliver discount rate reform must progress swiftly

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The legislation that will pave the way for reform on how the discount rate is set, must be introduced to Parliament promptly to avoid the risk of clinical negligence costs becoming unsustainable, the Medical Protection Society (MPS) said today after its appearance at a Justice Select Committee.

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Articles and features 29/08/2017

Rising nurse claims

Rising nurse claims

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MPS has seen a steady rise in the number of claims involving practice nurses, with ‘delay in diagnosis’ being the most common type of claim. Kate Taylor, Clinical Risk Manager, MPS Educational Services, reveals more

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Masterclasses

Risk management masterclass for general surgeons

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Risk management masterclass for general surgeons

To assist doctors in reducing their exposure to these risks, Medical Protection has developed a one-day Risk Management Masterclass. Each interactive and practical session is tailored to the needs of your specialty. The programme aims to enhance delegates’ skills in achieving more effective consultations.

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Case report 15/05/2015

Cumulative errors

Cumulative errors

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Mrs G, 34, presented to the delivery suite at 12pm, 38 weeks into her first pregnancy. Her antenatal care had been uneventful apart from measuring slightly “large for dates”. She was found to have a longitudinal lie with a cephalic presentation, and was experiencing three contractions every ten minutes. The midwife examined her and found her to be 2cm dilated with a fully effaced cervix and “intact membranes”.

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Case report 05/05/2015

Too much oxygen

Too much oxygen

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A baby was born by caesarean section at 27 weeks gestation with a birth weight of 980grams. The baby was intubated, ventilated and endotracheal surfactant was administered.

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Case report 05/05/2015

A problem with polyps

A problem with polyps

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Mr S was a 35-year-old taxi driver who was visiting his extended family abroad. While he was there he decided to have a routine health check in a private clinic. He told the doctor in the health clinic that he had noticed some rectal bleeding over the previous four months.

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30/04/2015

Clinical negligence claims – What to expect

Clinical negligence claims – What to expect

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A clinical negligence claim is a demand for financial compensation for alleged harm caused by substandard clinical care. Common reasons for claims include failure or delay in diagnosis, or incorrect treatment. In fact, many claims arise out of poor communication.

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22/01/2015

Safe prescribing

Safe prescribing

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Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The costs associated with adverse events and inappropriate prescribing have been estimated at more than £750 million per year. This factsheet gives advice about avoiding prescribing errors.

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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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Factsheet 01/10/2013

Report writing - Northern Ireland

Report writing - Northern Ireland

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One incident can be investigated in a number of different ways – as a complaint, a clinical negligence claim, a criminal case, a disciplinary matter by your employer, a Coroner’s inquest or a complaint to the GMC. An important starting point is your written report on the circumstances of the incident. This factsheet gives more information about writing this report.

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01/04/2013

Guide to writing expert reports - Scotland

Guide to writing expert reports - Scotland

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As an expert you should be aiming to produce a report which is free standing – from which the reader can glean the key issues in the case, understand the evidence available and reach a clear understanding of the range of expert opinion, without needing to look at any other document.

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Case report 21/01/2013

A challenging combination

A challenging combination

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Mr Y was a 21-year-old unemployed man who lived with his mother. He was a heroin addict and in the last few months, he had started injecting into his groin. Each day he was spending about £40 on heroin and cocaine and had recently served a prison sentence for burglary to fund his habit.

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Casebook 01/09/2012

Fairness to all: A look at Membership Governance

Fairness to all: A look at Membership Governance

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Many members of MPS will have very few medicolegal cases in the course of their career. But what happens to those who need assistance rather more frequently? Sarah Whitehouse finds out more.

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Case report 10/01/2012

Too quick to clear the spine

Too quick to clear the spine

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Twenty-eight-year-old Miss T was a pillion passenger on her boyfriend’s motorbike going at high speed on a motorway. He lost control of the vehicle and tried to regain it by braking, which threw them both over the handles, landing some distance away. Unfortunately, Miss T’s boyfriend was certified dead at the scene of the accident.

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Case report 10/01/2012

Too many records spoil the notes

Too many records spoil the notes

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Mr M, a 51-year-old primary school teacher, was referred to ophthalmologist Mrs C, following a letter sent by an optometrist to his GP. The optometrist had found Mr M to have an abnormal right optic disc, slightly raised intraocular pressures and significant defects in the visual fields of his right eye with suspected glaucoma.

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Case report 10/01/2012

Symptoms that don’t add up

Symptoms that don’t add up

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Mr B was a 30-year-old garage manager who had just returned from a long trip abroad with his wife. After the flight he developed some chest tightness. This showed no signs of improvement after ten days so Mr B made an appointment with his GP, Dr W.

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Case report 01/05/2011

An inflammatory situation

An inflammatory situation

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Mrs D was a 47-year-old school teacher with two children. She noticed a lump in her right breast while she was in the shower. The lump was tender when she pressed it and she became concerned that it could be something serious. One of her aunts had had breast cancer at about her age and this added to her concerns. She booked an appointment to see her GP the following day.

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