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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.

  • 27 January 2011
  • Risk alert

Common sense approach to home visits in poor weather

A number of GPs have been calling MDDUS for advice about their obligations to visit patients in the current adverse weather conditions. Doctors must make every reasonable effort to undertake home visits to ill patients but should avoid creating further problems by becoming snowbound or having an accident while travelling.

  • 22 December 2010
  • Risk alert

Caution urged over patient gifts

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching and your patients might take the opportunity to offer a gift - but could accepting it compromise your professional judgement?

  • 26 November 2010
  • Risk alert

Student work placements

BUDDING doctors and dentists rely on work experience to get a foot on the career ladder - but these placements are not risk-free.

  • 29 October 2010
  • Risk alert

Equal under the law

BIG changes are looming in the world of equality legislation that will have an impact on employment practices.

  • 24 September 2010
  • Risk alert

Delegate with care

Ensure your staff are not asked to take on tasks out with their competence or responsibility. Ensure that they are properly trained in any task they are asked to carry out. Keep good records of all staff training as proof of competence.

  • 30 August 2010
  • Risk alert

Erasure by oversight

Don't lose your licence to practise because the GMC or GDC don't have your correct contact details.

  • 25 June 2010
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Don’t deal with GMC/GDC alone

Doctors and dentists should resist the temptation to respond to GMC or GDC correspondence on their own.

  • 24 May 2010
  • Risk alert

'Bigging up' the CV

Competition for jobs can sometimes be fierce, but resist the temptation to 'big-up' a CV with lies or half-truths.

  • 19 April 2010
  • Risk alert

Medico-legal risk in assisted suicide

The risks faced by doctors who assist in a suicide have been set out for the first time in the new policy from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

  • 19 March 2010
  • Risk alert