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Landmark case makes it clear that informed consent is firmly part of English and Scots law

The Supreme Court has recently published its judgment in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board. The case, involving allegations in relation to birth-related injuries, has attracted a lot of publicity because of the £4.25 million award. But it is also highly significant in medico-legal terms in that it crystallises the law in relation to consent – more specifically issues around the amount of information a patient is entitled to be told before making a treatment decision.

  • 25 March 2015
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Private hospital claims: themes and learnings

Our most recent analysis, covering the previous two years of private hospital claims, has resulted in useful, high level information on areas of practice associated with negligence claims.

  • 24 March 2015
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Why do claims occur in dentistry?

With over 100 years of claims history at MDDUS, we have a vast amount of information and knowledge which can help identify key causes of loss from negligence claims. Knowing where things commonly go wrong in day-to-day practice can be of great benefit to our members by helping to inform risk reduction strategies.

  • 20 March 2015
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Dental risk: Staying safe with staff

Dental business coach Alun Rees sets out five do’s and don’ts for keeping your life simpler as an employer

  • 09 March 2015
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New MDDUS podcast series: Risk Bites

The MDDUS risk team are currently working on the first episodes of our new podcast series, RISK BITES, and we’d like your help in directing some of the content!

  • 20 February 2015
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Dental risk: resolutions and revisions

Ok so we’re well into February now. All those New Year’s resolutions have probably been broken, the exercise DVD chucked in the bin and the attempt at an alcohol-free January just a distant memory. We comfort ourselves in our failure to be fitter, slimmer and healthier by realising that we are only human and despite our best intentions some changes just aren’t sustainable.

  • 09 February 2015
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When the police come knocking….

Medical practices and hospitals hold vast amounts of personal data. When the police are investigating crime they frequently seek access to medical records to obtain information that could assist their enquiries.

  • 03 February 2015
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Risk reduction: prioritisation, delegation and communication

Winter is always a busy time for the NHS. However, this year seems to be particularly bad and the public are bombarded with news of over-crowded A&E departments and patients waiting for hours in ambulances and corridors to be seen by a doctor.

  • 26 January 2015
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Risk reduction: stopping medicines when patients default from review

In a previous blog I illustrated the importance of robust processes that ensure any patient with a condition requiring clinical monitoring is added to practice recall systems, so that an alert is prompted should they fail to attend for review.

  • 21 January 2015
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GP trainees – asset or risk

Consider this scenario – a patient complains to their GP that their lung cancer diagnosis was delayed. In the subsequent significant event analysis the practice discovers that the trainee doctor involved in their care was unaware of NICE guidelines on early investigation of cancers, including lung cancer.

  • 09 January 2015
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