Latest updates and advice

Travel vaccinations: indemnity arrangements clarified

5 July 2019

Paid-for travel vaccinations and state indemnity.

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Mental Capacity Act and liberty protection safeguards

13 June 2019

An amendment to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will introduce liberty protection safeguards (LPS) to replace the current deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) in England and Wales.

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HSIB: deaths from deterioration

28 May 2019

An investigation from the HSIB has concluded that a national approach is needed in order to tackle the recognition and response to deteriorating patients.

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Advance decisions: legal update

30 April 2019

A recent legal case has highlighted GPs' obligation to ensure that advance decisions recorded in patients' notes are brought to the attention of their treating hospital.

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HSIB investigation reveals complexity of medicine safety

29 April 2019

The MDU is making members aware of the recommendations of a review into a drug administration error.

Medico-legal news digest: 13 December

13 December 2018

Your round-up of the latest medico-legal news, with a focus on patient safety, clinical negligence, new legislation and guidance impacting your practice.

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Tips for a trouble-free festive period

27 November 2018

The festive period is a busy time of year for GPs, so here are some tips to help with the medico-legal issues that might arise.

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Legal permission no longer necessary when withdrawing clinically assisted nutrition and hydration

6 August 2018

A recent Supreme Court judgment has confirmed it is not necessary to obtain a court order before clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) is removed from patients with a prolonged disorder of consciousness, where healthcare professionals and family members agree that this is in the patient's best interests.

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Government updates national child protection guidance

3 August 2018

GPs already play a vital role in identifying children at risk and should know how to respond if they suspect abuse is taking place, in accordance with local and national guidelines.

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What foundation doctors need to know

25 July 2018

Dr Ellie Mein shares some of the most common reasons foundation doctors call the MDU, and explains what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.