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New Doctor - Vol. 8 no. 1, April 2015

A very warm welcome to the latest edition of New Doctor!

Inside, have a look at the real life dilemma faced by Miss Th’ng and Mr Patronis. They encountered problems when a seemingly straight forward chest drain procedure had a catastrophic outcome. The inclusion of this story is not intended to frighten; rather to act as a reminder that things can go wrong – we are all human after all.

When an adverse incident occurs, the priority must be to ensure patient safety and to tell the patient what happened in an open and honest way. Depending on what occurred, there are likely to be other processes that follow. Investigating an adverse incident usually aims to establish what happened and reflect on anything that can be done to prevent recurrence. Even so, formal investigations like this can be very stressful for those involved. Remember, if you do encounter difficulties, you can always contact MPS for advice.

When an adverse incident occurs, the priority must be to ensure patient safety and to tell the patient what happened in an open and honest way

Occasionally doctors do have genuine problems and this may result in more formal consideration of their fitness to practise. The General Medical Council (GMC) regulates doctors in the UK and they will investigate a doctor if they become aware of problems. Their processes can have a huge impact on all aspects of a doctor’s life, including their health – Dr Pallavi Bradshaw considers this in the Hot Topic piece.

There have been huge developments in medical education in recent years, not least the increased use of simulation training – have a look through James Tomlinson’s reflective piece on this training modality. I’m sure his views will resonate with many of you who have experience in using such technology.

I really hope that you find this edition interesting and thought provoking. As always, if you have any comments, please do send them in.

Dr Gordon McDavid
Editor-in-Chief

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