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Use of CCTV in healthcare premises

WHETHER it's to monitor staff or patient conduct or deter vandalism, the decision to install electronic surveillance in practice premises requires careful consideration.

  • 27 February 2015
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Are you appropriately indemnified?

THE GMC recently consulted on proposed changes giving it the power to check that doctors have appropriate indemnity or insurance cover. Now might be a good time to review your MDDUS membership to ensure it reflects your current practice.

  • 30 January 2015
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Patient leaflets and brochures

ARE clinicians responsible for the content of third-party leaflets or brochures given out to patients? A recent court case addressed this question.

  • 22 December 2014
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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.

  • 30 September 2014
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Drug driving

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.

  • 31 July 2014
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Subscription slip-ups

Ensure essential subscriptions are paid to avoid inadvertently being erased from the register.

  • 30 June 2014
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Health literacy and informed consent

Low health literacy is not just a problem for patients with limited education or reading ability.

  • 30 May 2014
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Departing from guidelines

CLINICAL guidelines are not legally binding but clinicians should exercise caution and discuss the matter with patients before going against recommendations.

  • 30 April 2014
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Smartphones at work

Always consider patient confidentiality and seek permission before using your phone at work.

  • 28 February 2014
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Incentives and inducements

Incentives have their place in improving quality in healthcare but the needs of patients must still come first.

  • 31 January 2014
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