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Patients travelling to malaria hotspots should be encouraged to seek early medical advice about preventative measures.
9 October 2018
A doctor's religious beliefs or conscientious objection to a treatment may prevent them from agreeing to carry out certain actions.
31 August 2018
If someone isn't satisfied with the response to their complaint after the first stage of the NHS complaints procedure, they can refer their complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) for investigation.
30 August 2018
Security and protection of personal data is a key concern when emailing clinical information.
The use of surveillance in healthcare settings can be problematic because of the need to protect patients' confidentiality.
A wide range of doctors provide reports about patients to third parties in the course of their work.
Obtain consent to disclose identifiable patient information, unless it is required by law or justified in the public interest.
GPs are required to complete the Statement of Fitness to Work free of charge when the patient has been off sick for more than seven calendar days.
Dictated notes may pose problems if records aren't transcribed promptly, or if key information is left out.
15 August 2018
The rapid development of recording and communication technologies, such as texting, email and the internet, has had a profound impact on the confidentiality of patient information and patient identity. But electronic transmission of data is still not totally secure or foolproof and patients need to know that it may not be possible to send their data safely through these media.
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