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NHS indemnity insufficient

All doctors employed by the NHS should seriously consider the risks of not having the additional protection provided by MDDUS membership.

  • 27 March 2009
  • Risk alert

GPs should not police healthcare access

Prioritise the treatment of patients on the basis of need rather than considerations of legal eligibility.

  • 26 February 2009
  • Risk alert

Prescribing benzodiazepines outside guidelines risks scrutiny

Follow guidelines on prescribing opiate-containing products and benzodiazepines and related classes of drugs, and ensure your practice has a fail-safe method in place to monitor and review repeat prescribing of such drugs.

  • 30 January 2009
  • Risk alert

Throwing fireworks and other risky business

In October the GMC updated its guidance on reporting criminal and regulatory proceedings. Among the main changes was a clarification of doctors’ obligations to inform the GMC about fixed penalty notices for offences such as shoplifting, criminal damage and threatening behaviour.

  • 22 December 2008
  • Risk alert

Skin cancer surgery

GPs risk legal action if they fail to follow GMC guidance – as well as NICE guidelines – when they treat skin cancers. 

  • 19 November 2008
  • Risk alert

Secure patient data

Failure to adequately secure electronic medical records could present significant legal and professional risks for doctors.

  • 01 October 2008
  • Risk alert

Cremation certificate

New Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) legal guidance published last week warns that breaching death and cremation certification rules will no longer be regarded as a matter for professional regulation, to be dealt with by the GMC, but as a potential criminal offence.

  • 01 July 2008
  • Risk alert

Holiday vaccinations

Doctors who fail to offer appropriate and adequate guidance to patients seeking destination-specific holiday advice – in addition to the right vaccinations or prophylaxis – are risking a negligence claim.

  • 30 May 2008
  • Risk alert

Intimate examinations and non-English speakers

A recent case at MDDUS has highlighted the risks involving intimate examinations when the patient is a non-English speaker.

  • 25 April 2008
  • Risk alert

Methadone overdose in children

Earlier this month a two-year-old boy in Birmingham died from an overdose of methadone and his three-year-old brother was left seriously ill. This was the most recent of a number of high-profile cases over the years where children have managed to gain access to medication used routinely to wean addicts off heroin.

  • 25 March 2008
  • Risk alert