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Confidentiality is essential to the bond of trust between doctor and patient, and may only be broken in exceptional circumstances. This guide explains the ethical and legal principles of confidentiality.

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Counter-terrorism and confidentiality

25 April 2017

Your legal obligations to report, and how to raise concerns if you believe a colleague poses a risk to themselves or others.

Safeguarding vulnerable adults
Safeguarding vulnerable adults

25 April 2017

You have a legal and ethical duty to raise concerns if you suspect a vulnerable adult patient is being abused or neglected.

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Dealing with online criticism

25 April 2017

What to do and how to respond when patients criticise your practice online.

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Dealing with the media

25 April 2017

Your quick guide on what to do if you're approached by the media.

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'Good neighbour acts' and volunteering at events

4 April 2017

If you are providing medical cover at amateur sporting or charity events, there a few things you will first need to consider.

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Good Samaritan acts

4 April 2017

Helping out in an emergency and the medico-legal issues involved.

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Registering patients from outside the practice area

31 March 2017

GP practices can register patients from outside their area without the obligation to provide home visits.

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Consulting without notes

28 March 2017

What to do in situations where it's not possible to enter date into records at the time they're made.

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Diabetes diagnosis

23 March 2017

Diabetes diagnosis presents a medico-legal challenge for GPs, nurses and specialists.

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