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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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