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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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Case report 01/05/2010

An unexpected, painful end

An unexpected, painful end

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Fifty-five-year-old lorry driver Mr Q was involved in a road traffic accident, sustaining severe injuries to both legs. He was taken to the local hospital where, following initial assessment and stabilisation by the emergency medicine team, he was referred to the orthopaedic department.

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Case report 01/01/2010

A takeaway lesson

A takeaway lesson

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Mr U, a 39-year-old print worker, attended his local Emergency Department (ED) one evening with a six-hour history of vomiting and abdominal discomfort. The symptoms had come on shortly after eating a takeaway meal. He was seen by Dr A, a doctor-in-training on the emergency medicine rotation. Dr A documented a detailed abdominal examination which showed no evidence of an acute abdomen. Dr A diagnosed acute gastritis or early gastroenteritis and advised Mr U to go home, rest, and see his GP the next day if things had not settled down.

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Case report 01/01/2009

Send her in

Send her in

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Mrs E was an overweight school cook in her 50s who had type 2 diabetes and smoked 20 cigarettes a day. She developed a cough on the flight home from a holiday in Cyprus and, one week later, went to see her GP, Dr R. The cough had become productive of green sputum and she said she was also feeling extremely tired and generally unwell.

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Case report 01/01/2008

A sticky situation

A sticky situation

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Mr R was a healthy 17-year-old student who suffered with a severe form of palmar hyperhidrosis. Mr R’s GP referred him to Mr F, a cardiothoracic surgeon. Following discussion about possible alternative treatment, Mr R was very keen on the surgical option, so Mr F placed him on the waiting list for a right-sided transthoracic endoscopic sympathectomy.

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Case report 01/09/2007

Troublesome chest pain

Troublesome chest pain

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Mr F was a 46-year-old accountant who lived with his wife and two children. He booked an appointment with his GP, Dr P, in an emergency surgery, the morning after experiencing some chest pain. He had been running for a train on the way back from a meeting.

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Case report 01/09/2007

The not-so-unlikely diagnosis

The not-so-unlikely diagnosis

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Three months after returning to the UK after a holiday in Gambia, Miss N, a 27-year-old care assistant, telephoned her GP practice for advice and spoke to Dr T. She told him that she was feeling generally unwell and slightly feverish and had noted that her urine was unusually dark.

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