10 questions to ask before giving feedback

Feedback is a crucial part of supporting patient safety – here’s how you can get it right
Team members interacting
Woman having a discussion Risk

When a patient refuses a chaperone

What should you do if a patient says “no” to a chaperone?

Photograph of pregnant patient undergoing ultrasound examination Dilemma

Consent and Gillick competence

A young patient refuses life-saving treatment. What would you do?

Drawing of striking workers Advice

Advice for junior doctor members during industrial action

Junior doctors should consider the impact of their absence and work collaboratively with their healthcare team to keep patients safe.

Teen girl playing football Case file

Just a sprain

...The surgeon expresses “surprise” that the diagnosis was missed in A&E and that there was no onward referral to an orthopaedic specialist...

Graphic of two people in a disagreement Case file

Threshold for a GMC investigation

...the building contractor threatens to report the doctor to the GMC over an alleged rude personal comment...

Surgical instruments in operating theatre Case file

Disputed consent for surgery

...the patient is unhappy with the cosmetic outcome and said he did not realise the surgery would be so invasive...

Painting of surgeon John Hunter with backdrop of skeleton Feature

A more perfect language than that of words

Allan Gaw celebrates the reopening of the Hunterian Museum in London and the inspiring figure at its heart.

Dr John Alcindor Vignette

The Trinidad doctor who became a local hero

John Alcindor - Dedicated clinician who furthered the cause of equality throughout his career.

Human hand touching robot hand Ethics

The human touch

Professor Deborah Bowman defers to AI for her latest column – and the results are rather less than human.

Pregnant woman with child Innovation

Online tool reduces disparities in pregnancy risk assessment

The Tommy’s Pathway can help offer personalised care plans to lower the risk of preterm birth or stillbirth in all women.

Eco graphic Environment

The mission to make the NHS greener

If healthcare was a country it would be the fifth largest carbon emitter in the world. But a number of innovative projects are giving cause for optimism.

Graphic of multicultural Viewpoint

Tackling race hate - a challenge the NHS cannot ignore

MDDUS chief medical officer Dr John Holden calls for swift action to tackle inequalities in the medical workforce.


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Shocking level of sexual harassment directed at female surgeons

15 September 2023

Updated NICE guidance could lead to around 100,000 fewer colonoscopies

31 August 2023

“World first” rollout of cancer jab that cuts treatment time

31 August 2023

Updated GMC guidance highlights support for doctors to “speak out”

22 August 2023

Digital phonelines a positive step says RCGP

18 August 2023

GPs to order “fast-tracked” tests for heart and respiratory conditions

11 August 2023

MDDUS Updates

Professional pitfalls in social media use

02 October 2023

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28 September 2023

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28 September 2023

MDDUS at the RCGP conference

22 September 2023

Advice for doctors during industrial action

19 September 2023

Notice of Annual General Meeting

21 August 2023

Advice for junior doctor members during industrial action

31 July 2023

Editor: Dr Susan Gibson-Smith

Managing editor: Joanne Curran

Associate editor: Jim Killgore

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Legal: Joanna Jervis

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