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Latest updates and advice

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the UK on 25 May 2018.

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GDPR: five things GPs need to do now

16 April 2018

There are only a few weeks until GDPR comes into force. The Information Governance Alliance (IGA) and Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have published guidance and will continue to do so to clarify how GDPR applies to healthcare organisations.

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Tips for foundation doctors from the MDU

11 April 2018

Five tips for foundation doctors.

IGA guidance on GDPR published for GPs

3 April 2018

The Information Governance Alliance has published an advice note to GPs on how new data protection regulations will affect their practice.

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Reporting child abuse is an ethical, not legal, duty – says MDU

8 March 2018

The Government has decided not to introduce a new legal duty to report suspected child abuse, after consulting widely among healthcare bodies.

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Hugs from patients raise personal boundary dilemma

12 February 2018

After a member faced an awkward encounter, we advise on whether it is okay to hug or be hugged by a patient.

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MDU statement on the Dr Bawa-Garba case

30 January 2018

Dr Caroline Fryar, MDU head of advisory services responds to recent enquiries from members about manslaughter cases.

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Royal appointment for the MDU

6 November 2017

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services, accepted a Princess Royal Training Award in recognition of the MDU's training programme for its medico-legal team.

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Contraceptive complications

3 November 2017

Contraception is a very common reason for women to consult their doctors; in a small number of cases, problems can arise.

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NICE issues draft guidance on Lyme disease for consultation

28 September 2017

September has seen NICE put its first draft guidance on Lyme disease out for consultation. The consultation runs until November, with the final guidance expected in April 2018.

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