Latest updates and advice

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Managing patient demand for blood tests during shortages

6 September 2021

The importance of documenting decisions to defer non-urgent tests.

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Updated guidance on medical records management

23 August 2021

New guidance on records management and retention periods in England has been published.

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Double royal recognition for MDU employee training programmes

23 August 2021

The excellence of the Medical Defence Union’s training for its membership and medico-legal team has been recognised by HRH the Princess Royal.

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What to do if you need to attend a remote hearing

13 August 2021

Remote hearings, meetings and interviews are becoming more common post-pandemic. Our top tips will help you to prepare and present yourself properly.

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How to handle a data breach of confidential patient information

11 August 2021

Data security incidents in healthcare have increased, so it's important to know what action to take to address any loss of confidential information.

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General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service

23 July 2021

The new service will collect GP data on a daily basis to help support health and care planning and research.

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Medical examiners to scrutinise deaths in the community

24 June 2021

The medical examiner system is now expanding out from acute trusts to include community settings, including GP practices.

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Avoiding diagnostic delays in malignant melanoma

16 June 2021

Advice on avoiding missing a diagnosis of skin cancer.

What you need to know about new GMC guidance on prescribing

12 March 2021

The GMC's new prescribing guidance, Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices, is due to come into effect from early April '21.

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Assessing best interests when patients can't consent to treatment

8 March 2021

How to make a best interests assessment.