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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.
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.
Competence in interpreting hospital test results
DIGITAL reporting has increased quick access to hospital test results. This can mean speedier diagnosis and treatment, but there are also some associated risks.
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.