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Articles and features 16/08/2019

Can your practice staff also be your patients?

Can your practice staff also be your patients?

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Situations where a doctor is both an employer and the treating clinician of a patient are problematic and should be avoided. Sarah Pickering, advisory case manager at Medical Protection, looks at a recent query from the advice line

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Articles and features 16/08/2019

Medical Protection successfully defends GP practice in fatal sepsis case

Medical Protection successfully defends GP practice in fatal sepsis case

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Medical Protection litigation solicitor Suzanne Tate looks at a claim involving a missed diagnosis of sepsis and the work of Medical Protection in successfully defending seven GP members

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Case report 01/08/2019

A retained swab

A retained swab

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Basic safety checks were overlooked in this incident, which saw a claim against a consultant gynaecologist.

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Case report 01/08/2019

A retained swab

A retained swab

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Basic safety checks were overlooked in this incident, which saw a claim against a consultant gynaecologist.

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Articles and features 22/07/2019

HIV and confidentiality

HIV and confidentiality

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Medical Protection’s expert consultants frequently deal with queries about patient confidentiality. However, few cases reach the steps of the courts. Dr James Lucas, medicolegal consultant, examines a recent High Court judgment in a neighbouring jurisdiction.

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Case report 18/07/2019

An early presentation

An early presentation

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Baby T was eight weeks old when his mother brought him to his GP’s morning surgery. His mother had become increasingly concerned about his general irritability and frequent crying episodes, which lasted up to two hours. These had become apparent over the past three days, not settling with breast feeding.

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Articles and features 09/07/2019

Non-compliant patient sues doctor: whose fault is it?

Non-compliant patient sues doctor: whose fault is it?

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Whilst doctors have a duty of care for their patients, and their primary concern should be their wellbeing, how do we establish patient responsibility for their own wellbeing? Dr Dawn McGuire, Medical Claims Adviser, looks into contributory negligence and whether we can define patient responsibility.

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Case report 20/06/2019

Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer

Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer

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Mr U has a hernia repair and is later diagnosed with lung cancer. He makes a claim against two surgeons involved, alleging it should have been identified sooner.

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Articles and features 17/06/2019

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB): what you need to know

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB): what you need to know

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When investigating patient safety incidents, it is vital that this is done in an open and honest manner, without apportionment of blame. The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has operated since 2017 but what should you do if you become part of an investigation? Sarah Pickering, advisory case manager at Medical Protection, finds out

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Webinar

Webinar - Review of the GMCs position of the charges of gross neglig...

Date: 18/06/2019 19:30 -18/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Review of the GMCs position of the charges of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide

Join Medical Director Dr Rob Hendry and Dr Pallavi Bradshaw they take you through the position of the regulator and recent case law. They will also present the learnings and highlight action points for practicing clinicians.

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Webinar - Dealing with complaints in general practice

Date: 12/06/2019 19:30 -12/06/2019 20:30 (Read more for further details) Location: Online (Read more for further details)
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Webinar - Dealing with complaints in general practice

Join medical director Rob Hendry and medicolegal consultant Kirsa Morganti as they explore managing complaints and how to reduce your risks to minimise them.

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Articles and features 22/05/2019

Adult safeguarding and confidentiality – disclosing information to th...

Adult safeguarding and confidentiality – disclosing information to the Office of the Public Guardian

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Knowing when you can disclose sensitive patient information is a notoriously complex area. Sarah Pickering, advisory case manager at Medical Protection, considers some recent queries from members regarding disclosures to the Office of the Public Guardian

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Case report 22/05/2019

A tale of two doctors: the junior and the consultant

A tale of two doctors: the junior and the consultant

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Dr Marika Davies, medicolegal consultant, looks at the recent case of GA v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2019] CSOH 31, where the death of a 77-year-old patient raised questions over where the liability for the negligence lay: the junior doctor or the consultant?

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Articles and features 10/05/2019

Dying matters: medicolegal aspects of end-of-life care, DNACPR and or...

Dying matters: medicolegal aspects of end-of-life care, DNACPR and organ donation

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To mark the Dying Matters national awareness week, between 13 and 19 May, Medical Protection asked nearly 400 members in the UK about their experiences on a number of issues such as DNACPR, organ donation and withdrawal of treatment.

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Articles and features 09/05/2019

Confidentiality after death

Confidentiality after death

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Confidentiality is at the centre of maintaining trust between patients and doctors. But what are your obligations to a patient after they have died?

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