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Articles and features 02/04/2014

Top five medicolegal hazards for junior doctors

Top five medicolegal hazards for junior doctors

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Good doctors apply clinical knowledge in a way that is legally and ethically correct – but all doctors can slip up. Here are survival tips for the top five medicolegal risks for junior doctors, writes Charlotte Hudson

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Case report 10/09/2013

Sinus surgery: damaged vision

Sinus surgery: damaged vision

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Mr P, a 40-year-old office worker, had a long history of sino-nasal problems, and had even had a previous septoplasty operation. Soon after returning from a holiday, he consulted his GP, Dr A, with worsening blockage in the left side of his nose.

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Factsheet 01/08/2013

Parental responsibility - Wales

Parental responsibility - Wales

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Parental responsibility refers to the rights and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children. This factsheet gives advice on who has parental responsibility and where responsibility lies in situations in which there are disagreements over the best interests of the child.

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Factsheet 01/06/2013

Non-therapeutic circumcision - Northern Ireland

Non-therapeutic circumcision - Northern Ireland

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Non-therapeutic circumcision of male children is carried out for religious reasons and is generally not available on the NHS. 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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Factsheet 01/05/2013

Confidentiality – Disclosures without consent - Northern Ireland

Confidentiality – Disclosures without consent - Northern Ireland

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Certain circumstances can mean you are obliged to disclose information about a patient, even if you do not have their consent; under other circumstances, disclosure may be justifiable. This factsheet gives you further information about these circumstances.

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01/05/2013

Access to medical reports

Access to medical reports

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Doctors may, on occasion, receive a request from a patient’s employer for a medical report to be delivered directly to the HR department, without the patient seeing it. However, before any medical report can be provided, you must be satisfied that the patient has given valid consent to the release of the information.

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Factsheet 01/04/2013

Safeguarding children - Scotland

Safeguarding children - Scotland

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The GMC states that “Whether or not you have vulnerable children or young people as patients, you should consider their needs and welfare and offer them help if you think their rights have been abused or denied.” Surgery consultations, home visits, accident and emergency admissions and contact with other professionals who work with children help to build up a picture of a child’s situation.

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Factsheet 09/01/2013

Access to medical reports - Scotland

Access to medical reports - Scotland

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Doctors may, on occasion, receive a request from a patient’s employer for a medical report to be delivered directly to the HR department, without the patient seeing it. However, before any medical report can be provided, you must be satisfied that the patient has given valid consent to the release of the information. This factsheet looks at the issues surrounding medical reports for employers and other organisations, and offers advice to doctors who are asked to write reports.

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Factsheet 04/01/2013

Safeguarding children FAQs - Northern Ireland

Safeguarding children FAQs - Northern Ireland

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The GMC states that “doctors play a crucial role in protecting children from abuse and neglect”. Child maltreatment includes neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. The following frequently asked questions are designed to advise MPS members what to do and who to contact, should they suspect children are at risk of, or are experiencing, harm.

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Factsheet 01/01/2013

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Independent Mental Capacity Advocates

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Independent Mental Capacity Advocates

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The role of Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) is to support and represent a person who lacks capacity in making a specific decision, and who has no-one (other than paid carers) to support them. This factsheet sets out further information about IMCAs and the role they play.

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Factsheet 01/01/2013

Access to health records - Wales

Access to health records - Wales

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Providing access to medical records is essentially a confidentiality issue; therefore, the starting point is whether or not the patient has consented to disclosure. If not, access should be denied, unless there is some other clear justification for allowing access.

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Case report 27/09/2012

Slipping through the cracks

Slipping through the cracks

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Mr F, a 45-year-old executive manager in a major sales company, saw his GP, Dr D, for a cold. The GP noted from the records that Mr F had attended the Emergency Department three times prior to this for minor ailments. His blood pressure that day was 150/90mmHg and his BMI was 36. Dr D arranged a cholesterol test, gave some lifestyle advice and asked him to reattend to recheck his blood pressure. Mr F did not attend the follow up appointment with the healthcare assistant for a blood pressure check.

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Factsheet 01/09/2012

Communicating with patients by fax and email - Northern Ireland

Communicating with patients by fax and email - Northern Ireland

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Electronic communication can provide a useful and alternative point of access for patients. However, you should make sure that, if sensitive information needs to be sent electronically, safeguards are in place to avoid breaching patient confidentiality. This factsheet sets out the potential risks of electronic communication.

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Factsheet 01/08/2012

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Best interests tests - England and Wales

Mental Capacity Act 2005 - Best interests tests - England and Wales

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The best interests principle in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the Act) states that any act done or decision made on behalf of an adult lacking capacity must be in their best interests. This can cover financial, health and social care decisions.

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Factsheet 01/07/2012

Parental responsibility

Parental responsibility

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Parental responsibility refers to the rights and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children. This factsheet gives advice on who has parental responsibility and where responsibility lies in situations in which there are disagreements over the best interests of the child.

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Factsheet 10/01/2011

Parental responsibility - Scotland

Parental responsibility - Scotland

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Parental responsibility refers to the rights and responsibilities that most parents have in respect of their children. This factsheet gives advice on who has parental responsibility and where responsibility lies in situations in which there are disagreements over the best interests of the child.

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