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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
  • 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

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
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

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
  • Risk alert

"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

Do not neglect the ARF

Neglecting to pay the GDC Annual Retention Fee (ARF) may seem a minor oversight but the consequences can be extremely inconvenient and costly.

  • 21 September 2007
  • Risk alert

Medical treatment of US and Canadian visitors

Are members indemnified to treat overseas visitors?

  • 23 August 2007
  • Risk alert

Work placements in general practice - a simple 'yes' will not do

Consider all possible risk and practical implications before agreeing to student work placements.

  • 23 July 2007
  • Risk alert

Departing from guidelines

Guidelines are becoming an increasingly common feature of modern medical practice. A recent case highlights difficulties that doctors can encounter when they depart from guidelines without adequate reasons for doing so. [Risk Alert]

  • 18 June 2007
  • Risk alert