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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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Case report 08/09/2021

Mastering great communication

Mastering great communication

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Ivy Grove Surgery in Derbyshire made the headlines in April with an extensive and honest open letter to their patients. But for the practice partners, it’s only one part of their wider strategy on communicating with patients. Gareth Gillespie, Editor of Practice Matters, spoke to the surgery about what drives their approach.

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Articles and features 30/06/2021

Whose responsibility is it anyway?

Whose responsibility is it anyway?

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The nature of teamworking in theatre can make it difficult to identify liabilities in the event of a claim. Dr Emma Green, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at some of the common causes of claims in this area and what can make them complicated

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Case report 08/06/2021

Continuity of care

Continuity of care

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Handover problems are at the centre of this claim against urological surgeons and a hospital. Find out how we assisted our members in the case.

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Articles and features 04/06/2021

Remote handovers with colleagues: reducing the risks

Remote handovers with colleagues: reducing the risks

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Dr Sarah Coope, Senior Medical Educator at Medical Protection, looks at the gaps in information, misunderstandings and assumptions that can increase the risk of errors, conflict and complaints

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