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.
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.
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.
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.
Ensure essential subscriptions are paid to avoid inadvertently being erased from the register.
Health literacy and informed consent
Low health literacy is not just a problem for patients with limited education or reading ability.
Departing from guidelines
CLINICAL guidelines are not legally binding but clinicians should exercise caution and discuss the matter with patients before going against recommendations.
Protecting victims of FGM
FEMALE genital mutilation (FGM) is more common in the UK than most people think.
Smartphones at work
Always consider patient confidentiality and seek permission before using your phone at work.
Incentives and inducements
Incentives have their place in improving quality in healthcare but the needs of patients must still come first.