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Be clear on competency when providing ‘fit notes’

Keep within clinical competence in making workplace recommendations on medical ‘fit notes’

  • 15 February 2010
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Beware dangerous side-effects in chronic asthma treatment

Failure to adequately monitor long-term steroid treatment of patients with chronic asthma can lead to serious side-effects.

  • 15 January 2010
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Ensure adequate chaperoning to prevent sex assault claims

Complaints of sexual assault by patients are not uncommon. Doctors should always offer a chaperone wherever possible.

  • 14 December 2009
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Resource prioritisation in flu pandemic

How should doctors prioritise vaccinations among vulnerable patient groups should demand outstrip supply?

  • 12 November 2009
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Avoid unwarranted disclosure in referrals

There is much to digest in the new revised GMC guidance on patient confidentiality, and MDDUS encourages members to read the document carefully. One common pitfall in this area was highlighted in a recent call to our advice line.

  • 09 October 2009
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High index of suspicion in skin lesions

MDDUS has seen a recent spate of potentially costly negligence claims involving missed or delayed diagnosis of malignant skin lesions including melanoma.

  • 09 September 2009
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Reporting road traffic offences

DOCTORS must not hesitate to inform the GMC if they are charged with or convicted of a traffic offence.

  • 06 August 2009
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Do not delay in suspected child abuse

Recent high-profile abuse cases including that of Baby P have highlighted the importance for healthcare professionals of taking urgent action in suspected maltreatment of children.

  • 17 July 2009
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Altering medical notes

Doctors must take care when amending medical notes to avoid potential charges of evidence tampering.

  • 04 June 2009
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New urgency for flu contingency plans

General medical and dental practices should move urgently to put in place contingency plans for pandemic flu if not already developed.

  • 05 May 2009
  • Risk alert