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Articles and features 07/09/2021

Vaccinations: what are the medicolegal risks?

Vaccinations: what are the medicolegal risks?

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Dr Heidi Mounsey, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at two recent cases linked to the COVID-19 vaccination programme, where members have called on Medical Protection for advice.

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Articles and features 08/06/2021

Shaping the future: is telemedicine here to stay?

Shaping the future: is telemedicine here to stay?

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The rapid adoption of remote consulting, or telemedicine, has been one of the most notable changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon healthcare worldwide. Dr Rob Hendry, Medical Director at Medical Protection, looks at its impact

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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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Articles and features 04/06/2021

The COVID-19 team-wellbeing toolkit

The COVID-19 team-wellbeing toolkit

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had major implications for everyone’s mental health, and clinicians are no exception. Dr Rachel Morris shares some tips from her wellbeing toolkit that all the practice can use

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Articles and features 22/04/2021

Unlawful killing rulings: what law changes mean for the medical profe...

Unlawful killing rulings: what law changes mean for the medical profession

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Following the Supreme Court’s historic decision regarding unlawful killing rulings, Medical Protection’s Dr Beth Walker, Medicolegal Consultant, and Alicia Hayes, Legal Adviser, look at the background to the case and the potential consequences for clinicians

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Articles and features 19/04/2021

A spoonful of sugar…understanding medication errors

A spoonful of sugar…understanding medication errors

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As the GMC updates its prescribing guidance, Dr Sophie Haroon, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at some common causes of claims and provides advice on avoiding the pitfalls

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Articles and features 08/02/2021

Why do patients complain?

Why do patients complain?

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Patients can make a complaint about any aspect of the medical care they receive. Find out about some common reasons for patient complaints.

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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 03/02/2021

Medical influencers – be aware of the pitfalls

Medical influencers – be aware of the pitfalls

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Some medical professionals are now acting as social media influencers – using their social media profiles to generate interest in topics, products, brands and services. As with all online communication it is an area that offers benefits and risks. Dr Beth Walker, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks into the issue further

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Articles and features 21/01/2021

Surviving Medical School: Fitness to practise panels

Surviving Medical School: Fitness to practise panels

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Hopefully it will never happen to you, but it’s good to know what to expect if you ever need to appear before a fitness to practise panel. Here we explain why they happen, how to prepare, and the possible consequences for your medical career.

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Articles and features 21/01/2021

Surviving Medical School: Social media

Surviving Medical School: Social media

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Essential advice about protecting yourself online. The article looks into cases and GMC guidance around online activity and social media, with key things you need to know as a medical student and junior doctor.

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Articles and features 19/01/2021

Data breaches – are you covered?

Data breaches – are you covered?

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Data breaches are a common cause of claims but the indemnity issues surrounding them can be complex. Dr Dawn McGuire, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at a case and explains more.

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Case report 13/11/2020

Alleged failure to investigate chest pain

Alleged failure to investigate chest pain

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A GP faces a clinical negligence claim on the grounds of failure to undertake cardiac-related investigations. This case report looks at how MPS successfully sought mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution, avoiding formal court proceedings.

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Partnership dispute leads to disciplinary investigation

Partnership dispute leads to disciplinary investigation

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A GP faces suspension after her partner reports her for deficient clinical performance following a dispute. This case report looks at how MPS provided long-term support to the member, enabling her to return to practice.

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Delayed diagnosis of renal disease leads to claim

Delayed diagnosis of renal disease leads to claim

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Patient facing kidney transplant or lifelong dialysis makes a negligence claim against GPs and hospital following delayed referral to nephrology and failure to recognise her underlying renal condition. This case report looks at where clinicians went wrong, and explains how MPS managed to settle the case for a moderate sum that was substantially less than the original request.

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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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