MDDUS welcomes shared high level principles on remote consultations


For immediate release: Friday, 08 November 2019

MDDUS welcomes shared high level principles on remote consultations

Welcoming the publication today of High level principles for good practice in remote consultations and prescribing by UK healthcare regulators and organisations, Dr Susan Gibson-Smith, Joint Deputy Head of Medical Division at MDDUS, said:

“It is reassuring to see healthcare regulators and organisations reinforce the need to mitigate against the risks associated with clinicians treating patients remotely when they have little or no access to their medical records.

“For example, contact with vulnerable patients requires a heightened level of awareness, as in our experience issues can arise if safeguarding clues are missed during remote consultations, or when arrangements for following up with the patient are not adequate.

“We are also reassured that the principles advise UK-based healthcare professionals on important considerations should they be asked to provide remote services to patients abroad, emphasising the potential indemnity and regulatory difficulties with this.”


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