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Factsheet 08/08/2018

Inquests - England

Inquests - England

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An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is conducted by the coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. The purpose of an inquest is to find out who died – when, where, how and in what circumstances. This factsheet gives further information about what happens at an inquest.

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Inquests - Northern Ireland

Inquests - Northern Ireland

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An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is conducted by the Coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. The purpose of an inquest is to find out who the person was and, how, when and where they died. This factsheet gives further information about what happens at an inquest.

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08/08/2018

Inquests - Wales

Inquests - Wales

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An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is conducted by the coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. The purpose of an inquest is to find out who died – when, where, how and in what circumstances. This factsheet gives further information about what happens at an inquest.

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Casebook 30/08/2017

Opinion: Failure to test for HIV infection: A medicolegal question?

Opinion: Failure to test for HIV infection: A medicolegal question?

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Dr Michael Rayment and Dr Ann Sullivan, Department of Sexual Health and HIV Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust (on behalf of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, and the British HIV Association).

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04/07/2017

How do FTP hearings work?

How do FTP hearings work?

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The GMC and the doctor in question are both invited to attend. The GMC is normally represented at the hearing by a barrister and the doctor is usually present and legally represented. Both parties may call witnesses to give evidence, who may be crossexamined by the other party. The Panel may also put questions to the witnesses.

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01/10/2015

Chapter 4: Professionalism - What to do when things go wrong

Chapter 4: Professionalism - What to do when things go wrong

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The overwhelming majority of patients receive safe and effective care. However, when things do go wrong, it can be catastrophic for all involved. Part of being professional is having the knowledge and awareness to deal with such situations effectively.

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Factsheet 14/07/2015

Reporting deaths to the Coroner

Reporting deaths to the Coroner

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If a death occurs in a violent or unnatural manner, in custody, or suddenly but without certain cause, a coroner has a duty to enquire into the death. This factsheet sets out the role of a coroner, the reporting process and what will happen once you have reported a death to the coroner.

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01/12/2014

Giving evidence

Giving evidence

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As a doctor, you may be asked to give evidence in many different types of tribunals, including criminal or civil courts, the coroner’s court and employment or mental health tribunals. This factsheet gives further information about what to expect and how to prepare.

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01/05/2014

Giving evidence

Giving evidence

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As a doctor, you may be asked to give evidence in many different types of tribunals, including criminal or civil courts, the coroner’s court and employment or mental health tribunals. This factsheet gives further information about what to expect and how to prepare.

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Factsheet 01/04/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death

Removal of medical equipment after death

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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01/04/2014

Guide to writing expert reports

Guide to writing expert reports

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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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Publication content 04/01/2014

Collateral damage

Collateral damage

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The sooner you call MPS about an ethical or legal dilemma, the sooner the matter can be resolved. Professor Carol Seymour, Dr Tom Mosedale, Dr Richard Brittain and Sara Williams explore how and why Collateral-damage foundation doctors get into troubleCollateral-damage foundation doctors get into trouble

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01/04/2013

Guide to writing expert reports

Guide to writing expert reports

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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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04/01/2013

Giving evidence

Giving evidence

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As a doctor, you may be asked to give evidence in many different types of forums including criminal or civil courts, Fatal Accident Inquiries and employment or mental health tribunals. This factsheet gives further information about what to expect and how to prepare.

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Case report 14/05/2012

Where is the consultant?

Where is the consultant?

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A 48-year-old driver, Mr W, was sent to hospital by his GP with a one-week history of unremitting back pain and associated mild shortness of breath. On direct questioning, he also reported non-specific malaise for at least three months with half a stone weight loss but no symptoms of fever. There was no previous history of cardiac problems and no recent dental or other invasive procedures.

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Case report 14/05/2012

Too much bleeding

Too much bleeding

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Mrs C, a 25-year-old mother of two, had an elective caesarean with her first pregnancy as that baby was breech, and she experienced a failed attempt at a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) with her second pregnancy. Her third pregnancy was uneventful and she was booked in for an elective caesarean section at 39 weeks.

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