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Case report 11/08/2022

Sympathectomy claim centered around consent

Sympathectomy claim centered around consent

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Thirty-year-old Mr P had suffered from facial and palmar hyperhidrosis and blushing since he was fourteen. Over the years, he had tried various over-the-counter remedies and a period of psychotherapy with no success. Although he had learned to live with his condition to some extent, he found it socially inhibiting and believed that it was preventing him from progressing in his career as an accountant.

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Articles and features 07/04/2022

Consent and alternative treatment options

Consent and alternative treatment options

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High profile cases have put the spotlight on the consent process and clinicians are increasingly aware of the risks; however, Medical Protection data shows a number of claims alleging that a clinician failed to explain alternative treatment options. Dr Emma Green, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at the case law surrounding therapeutic options, GMC guidance on consent, and how these impact on the information provided to patients during the consent process.

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Factsheet 28/01/2022

Non-therapeutic circumcision - UK

Non-therapeutic circumcision - UK

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Non-therapeutic circumcision of male children is carried out for religious or ritual reasons and is generally not available on the NHS.1 There is also a significant issue related to the appropriateness of the facilities in which the operation is carried out and a lack of formal training and certification in circumcision.

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Articles and features 20/09/2021

COVID-19 vaccination: lacking capacity to consent

COVID-19 vaccination: lacking capacity to consent

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As the vaccination programme against COVID-19 continues in the UK, the usual laws around patient consent still apply. But what if your patient lacks capacity to consent? Dr Jayne Molodynski, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, offers advice and guidance

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Articles and features 05/02/2021

The Six C's: Common risks for new doctors (and how to avoid them)

The Six C's: Common risks for new doctors (and how to avoid them)

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Clinical records, consent, confidentiality, communication, competence, and prescribing - what medical students and junior doctors need to know about these common medicolegal risk areas and how to avoid them.

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Articles and features 19/11/2020

Storing images in medical records

Storing images in medical records

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The receipt and storage of images of patients is currently a common source of queries from our members, largely due to the increased use of remote consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ayisha Hooper, Case Manager at Medical Protection, reviews the relevant guidance.​

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Articles and features 30/10/2020

The new GMC guidance on consent: still a step beyond Montgomery

The new GMC guidance on consent: still a step beyond Montgomery

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Dr Philip White, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at the potential impact of subtle changes of wording in the GMC’s new consent guidance

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Articles and features 04/09/2019

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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Case report 23/10/2018

Who else is in the room?

Who else is in the room?

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A patient undergoing a colonoscopy claims her modesty is disregarded during the procedure. What did Medical Protection do to tackle this allegation?

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Articles and features 19/10/2018

A touchy subject

A touchy subject

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Intimate examinations are something that every GP will have to carry out at some point in their career, but it’s important that they are conducted in an appropriate manner, especially if one is required during a home visit. Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, gives her advice on how best to manage these situations

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Articles and features 09/10/2018

Ask the expert: Is a patient’s son entitled to access his mother’s co...

Ask the expert: Is a patient’s son entitled to access his mother’s confidential information?

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Is the patient’s son entitled to access his mother’s confidential information? Where a patient lacks capacity clinicians should consider what action is in the patient’s best interests.

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Case report 28/09/2018

Learning from allegations of sexual assault

Learning from allegations of sexual assault

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Gross negligence manslaughter is a topical issue in healthcare, but cases against doctors are still comparatively rare. Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education and Dr Richard Stacey, head of policy and technical, look at a more common cause of criminal cases brought against members of Medical Protection: sexual assault.

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