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.


Caution urged on plan for at-home patient health checks

06 December 2022

Practice level waiting times will allow “informed choice” says Government

29 November 2022

GMC chief calls for action to halt doctors quitting NHS

29 November 2022

GMC launches ethical hub on tackling racism

21 November 2022

GPs given expanded access to tests to speed up cancer diagnosis

21 November 2022

Less than half of LGBTQ+ doctors feel able to be open about sexual orientation

04 November 2022

Pandemic impact on wait for breast reconstructive surgery

27 October 2022

MDDUS Updates

Effective conversation: nipping interpersonal issues in the bud

30 November 2022

One in three UK junior doctors are going hungry on shift

16 November 2022

MDDUS responds to BMA report on experiences of LGBTQ+ doctors

16 November 2022

MDDUS call to members - send us your photos

21 October 2022

Free webinar: Avoiding missed or delayed diagnosis claims in primary care

28 September 2022

Free webinar: Employment law - disciplinary hearings

28 September 2022

MDDUS reminds members to check cover is up to date

22 September 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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