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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
  • Risk alert

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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Who can consent for children?

WHEN is it appropriate for people like grandparents or childminders to consent to treatment in children?

  • 31 August 2012
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Poor handovers still pose significant risk

EARLIER this month the GMC published key findings from its annual National training survey. A total of 51,316 trainee doctors participated – just under three-quarters were in specialty or core training (72 per cent) with 28 per cent respondents in their foundation training years.

  • 25 July 2012
  • Risk alert

Do you discriminate by sexuality?

Always ensure you treat all patients equally - regardless of sexuality

  • 28 June 2012
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Patient requests to alter medical records

Be ever mindful of patients' right of access to medical records - and to dispute the facts and clinical opinion therein.

  • 31 May 2012
  • Risk alert