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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
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Secure patient data

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

  • 01 October 2008
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Continuity of care

Commonly in modern medical practice the patient consults or is reviewed by several different doctors. This is true both of general practice and hospital care.

  • 25 February 2008
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Patient discharges at Christmas

Hospitals can be dull at the best of times for patients but especially so at Christmas, and this can put doctors under pressure to authorise early discharge.

  • 19 December 2007
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A brush with the law

A GP receives a letter from the GMC in regard to a failure to declare a conviction for a criminal offence. It turns out that an article in a local newspaper had reported that that the GP had been arrested and charged for driving at excessive speed and the story had been picked up by the GMC to the doctor's great surprise.

  • 23 November 2007
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"Delete" is not enough

Disposing of redundant or obsolete computers comes with some potential pitfalls as the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust recently discovered.

  • 23 October 2007
  • Risk alert