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Treat on need not eligibility
Make the care of the patient your first concern when dealing with asylum seekers and undocumented migrants.
Have you read the small print?
Doctors and dentists signing an official report or document must always check it is accurate or risk a challenge from the GMC or GDC.
Sneaking a peek at patient records
Clinicians should resist the temptation to access patient records without a sound clinical reason to do so.
Can a patient be a ‘friend’?
Not best advised according to new BMA guidance for doctors using online social media
Emailing confidential patient data
Take extra care when emailing confidential patient data to ensure the information is effectively protected. Use the minimum amount of detail necessary and encrypt data where practical.
Tweet with care
Think carefully before making comments on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
A dangerous misunderstanding
WHY do some patients fail to follow medical advice? The answer could be a simple communication failure.
Bribery by any other name
The cherished - by some - freebie may soon pose more than just an ethical dilemma
Take care with patient falls
Take care with patient falls both in the immediate response and follow-up and ensure proper emergency protocols are in place.
Being rude to colleagues threatens patient safety
Rudeness and a lack of mutual respect among clinical teams can compromise patient safety and add to the risk of complaints and potential litigation.