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Who would be a Good Samaritan?

RECENT media coverage of a locum doctor refusing to leave his office to help an injured pensioner has reignited debate over a doctor’s ethical duty towards patients not under their care.

  • 31 October 2014
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Refusing a patient registration request

A consistent policy on refusing patient registration requests is a necessity for practices wanting to avoid possible charges of discrimination.

  • 30 September 2014
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Advice to patients travelling overseas

If patients contact the surgery whilst outside the UK, it is important to understand the risks associated with responding to requests for medical advice.

  • 29 August 2014
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Drug driving

Doctors and other prescribers now have a legal duty to advise patients on the legal implications of driving whilst impaired through the use of prescription drugs.

  • 31 July 2014
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Subscription slip-ups

Ensure essential subscriptions are paid to avoid inadvertently being erased from the register.

  • 30 June 2014
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Health literacy and informed consent

Low health literacy is not just a problem for patients with limited education or reading ability.

  • 30 May 2014
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Departing from guidelines

CLINICAL guidelines are not legally binding but clinicians should exercise caution and discuss the matter with patients before going against recommendations.

  • 30 April 2014
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Protecting victims of FGM

FEMALE genital mutilation (FGM) is more common in the UK than most people think.

  • 31 March 2014
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Smartphones at work

Always consider patient confidentiality and seek permission before using your phone at work.

  • 28 February 2014
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Incentives and inducements

Incentives have their place in improving quality in healthcare but the needs of patients must still come first.

  • 31 January 2014
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