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Patient contact via email and texting

EMAILING or texting patients may save time and resources but there are risks -- not least of which are potential breaches of data security and patient confidentiality. [Risk Alert]

  • 28 September 2012
  • Risk alert

Who can consent for children?

WHEN is it appropriate for people like grandparents or childminders to consent to treatment in children?

  • 31 August 2012
  • Risk alert

Poor handovers still pose significant risk

EARLIER this month the GMC published key findings from its annual National training survey. A total of 51,316 trainee doctors participated – just under three-quarters were in specialty or core training (72 per cent) with 28 per cent respondents in their foundation training years.

  • 25 July 2012
  • Risk alert

Do you discriminate by sexuality?

Always ensure you treat all patients equally - regardless of sexuality

  • 28 June 2012
  • Risk alert

Patient requests to alter medical records

Be ever mindful of patients' right of access to medical records - and to dispute the facts and clinical opinion therein.

  • 31 May 2012
  • Risk alert

Act quickly on patient complaints

Responding swiftly and carefully to patient complaints can prevent them escalating to a more serious matter.

  • 27 April 2012
  • Risk alert

Caution over self-prescribing

PRESCRIBING drugs for yourself or those close to you might be convenient but could land you in serious trouble with the GMC.

  • 30 March 2012
  • Risk alert

A duty of openness

New published GMC guidance highlights again the responsibily that healthcare professionals in management positions have toward staff raising concerns over patient safety.

  • 28 February 2012
  • Risk alert

Burnout warning for clinicians

Clinicians with health problems must not be afraid to seek help.

  • 30 January 2012
  • Risk alert

Confidential paper records

Take care with confidential paper records.

  • 23 December 2011
  • Risk alert