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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Medical treatment of US and Canadian visitors
Are members indemnified to treat overseas visitors?
Work placements in general practice - a simple 'yes' will not do
Consider all possible risk and practical implications before agreeing to student work placements.
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]
What to do about the seemingly intractable problem of poor handwriting among some healthcare staff.