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Policing migrant patients

The recent Queen's Speech once again raised the issue of healthcare and immigration status. So what are the obligations in primary care?

  • 28 June 2013
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Inappropriate sexual behaviour in colleagues

New guidance from the GMC highlights a duty to report any concerns over the sexual conduct of a colleague towards a patient.

  • 31 May 2013
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Chaperone guidance revised

Doctors can help avoid complaints of inappropriate behaviour by following new GMC guidance on chaperones.

  • 30 April 2013
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Serial complainers

Think carefully before de-registering a patient - even those who make frequent and unreasonable complaints

  • 28 March 2013
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It goes without saying

MANY doctors rely on implied consent in their day-to-day practice, but be aware of its limitations.

  • 28 February 2013
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Prescribing addictive medicines

When prescribing addictive medicines be sure to discuss fully the risks and benefits with patients.

  • 30 January 2013
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Don’t turn a blind eye

Reporting a colleague over patient safety concerns is never easy - but failure to do so could leave you in professional difficulty.

  • 21 December 2012
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Violence warning markers

Ensure violence marker flags on patient records are applied consistently according to set policies and procedures and that these comply with health and safety and data protection laws.

  • 29 November 2012
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Remote prescribing risks

Doctors and dentists must satisfy a number of conditions before prescribing remotely.

  • 31 October 2012
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Patient contact via email and texting

EMAILING or texting patients may save time and resources but there are risks -- not least of which are potential breaches of data security and patient confidentiality. [Risk Alert]

  • 28 September 2012
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