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Patient discharges at Christmas

Hospitals can be dull at the best of times for patients but especially so at Christmas, and this can put doctors under pressure to authorise early discharge.

  • 19 December 2007
  • Risk alert

A brush with the law

A GP receives a letter from the GMC in regard to a failure to declare a conviction for a criminal offence. It turns out that an article in a local newspaper had reported that that the GP had been arrested and charged for driving at excessive speed and the story had been picked up by the GMC to the doctor's great surprise.

  • 23 November 2007
  • Risk alert

"Delete" is not enough

Disposing of redundant or obsolete computers comes with some potential pitfalls as the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust recently discovered.

  • 23 October 2007
  • Risk alert

Do not neglect the ARF

Neglecting to pay the GDC Annual Retention Fee (ARF) may seem a minor oversight but the consequences can be extremely inconvenient and costly.

  • 21 September 2007
  • Risk alert

Medical treatment of US and Canadian visitors

Are members indemnified to treat overseas visitors?

  • 23 August 2007
  • Risk alert

Work placements in general practice - a simple 'yes' will not do

Consider all possible risk and practical implications before agreeing to student work placements.

  • 23 July 2007
  • Risk alert

Departing from guidelines

Guidelines are becoming an increasingly common feature of modern medical practice. A recent case highlights difficulties that doctors can encounter when they depart from guidelines without adequate reasons for doing so. [Risk Alert]

  • 18 June 2007
  • Risk alert

Poor handwriting

What to do about the seemingly intractable problem of poor handwriting among some healthcare staff.

  • 15 May 2007
  • Risk alert

Recording of 'negative' results

A recent claim made against an MDDUS member highlights the importance of recording 'negative' as well as 'positive' results of diagnostic tests.

  • 11 April 2007
  • Risk alert