Unwanted advances

Photograph of chocolate box and roses
Photograph of woman on sofa looking unwell Practice management

Dealing with long Covid as a disability

A recent employment tribunal case ruled that long Covid may be classed as a disability – what are the implications?

Photograph of young woman awaiting airline flight Risk

Patients having treatment abroad

What responsibility do doctors have to patients seeking follow-up and support after treatment in another country?

Man taking call with telephone headset Advice

Call log

A range of common - and not so common - queries from GPs and practice managers.

Person walking along the beach Ethics

Out of office – the ethics of taking a break

To ensure that staff take holidays is to avoid ethical dissonance between the rhetoric of ‘wellbeing’ and the realities of burnout and breakdown.

Woman typing on smartphone Health records

Preparing for online patient access to records

MDDUS advisers answer common questions about managing online patient access to GP health records, which comes into effect in England in November.

Telephone headset on laptop keyboard Data protection

Recording telephone consultations with patients

Practices often record telephone calls but do you adequately inform patients of this – and what about data protection?

Lorry driving on wet road Case file: Complaint

Disputed drinking

...Mr Y states that he has never discussed his alcohol consumption with anyone at the practice and that any reference to his drinking is not based on fact and should be removed from his medical records...

Man holding side in pain Case file: Claim

Delayed liver disease diagnosis

...A letter of claim from solicitors acting on behalf of Mr S alleges clinical negligence in the delayed diagnosis of his liver condition...

Young boy sitting on bed in distress Case file: Advice

Father restricted from accessing records

...Zach seeks reassurance from Dr D that his father, who is estranged from the family, will not have access to his medical records...

Photograph of Professor John Gibson walking in Scottish Mountains First person

A long road

Professor John Gibson tells how he and his family responded to their grief over a devastating loss by undertaking an audacious challenge to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Cover of Am I normal? Book choice

Am I normal?

Review of the new book by Sarah Chaney.

Photograph of John Orr Boyd speaking to the press Vignette

Putting nutrition front and centre

John Boyd Orr - Physician, nutritionist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Actors Ambika Mod and Ben Whishaw in still from BBC production of This is going to hurt Viewpoint

End the silence

We need to talk about suicide.

Social media graphic on smartphone Professionalism

Pitfalls in social media use

Risk adviser Kay Louise Grant highlights the importance of being aware of professional expectations on how we behave online.

Woman spinning plates Wellbeing

Did I sign up for this?

Medical practice adviser Mimi Salgado offers a perspective and advice on handling the stress that comes with being a practice manager.


One in six hospital patients fit for discharge

24 March 2023

Large attainment gap for ethnic minority trainee doctors

23 March 2023

Digital mental health therapies offer promise of wider access

10 March 2023

New clinical statements address pneumonia in people with learning disability

08 March 2023

NHS plan to further reduce opioid prescribing

08 March 2023

Too many patients fall into “referral black hole”

27 February 2023

Step closer in regulation of anaesthesia associates and physician associates

24 February 2023

MDDUS Updates

Advice for junior doctor members during industrial action

07 March 2023

Scottish GDPs: ensure you check your email inbox

31 January 2023

Supporting members with temporary GMC registration – make sure you update MDDUS

31 January 2023

Protect your personal finances – with 20 per cent off*

30 January 2023

A quarter of junior doctors are victims of race hate at work

19 January 2023

MDDUS call to members - send us your photos

18 January 2023

One in three UK junior doctors are going hungry on shift

16 November 2022

Editor: Dr Greg Dollman

Managing editor: Jim Killgore

Associate editor: Joanne Curran

Editorial departments

Medical: Dr Susan Gibson-Smith

Legal: Joanna Jervis

Insight Primary is published quarterly by The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland, registered in Scotland No 5093 at 206 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5SG.

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors in Insight Primary are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of MDDUS.

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