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Be clear on competency when providing ‘fit notes’
Keep within clinical competence in making workplace recommendations on medical ‘fit notes’
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.
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.
Resource prioritisation in flu pandemic
How should doctors prioritise vaccinations among vulnerable patient groups should demand outstrip supply?
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.
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.
Reporting road traffic offences
DOCTORS must not hesitate to inform the GMC if they are charged with or convicted of a traffic offence.
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.
Altering medical notes
Doctors must take care when amending medical notes to avoid potential charges of evidence tampering.
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.