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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.
Prescribing addictive medicines
When prescribing addictive medicines be sure to discuss fully the risks and benefits with patients.
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.
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.
Remote prescribing risks
Doctors and dentists must satisfy a number of conditions before prescribing remotely.
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]
Who can consent for children?
WHEN is it appropriate for people like grandparents or childminders to consent to treatment in children?
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.
Do you discriminate by sexuality?
Always ensure you treat all patients equally - regardless of sexuality
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.