Latest updates and advice

Ahead of the GMC's revised Good medical practice coming into effect in January 2024, Dr Ellie Mein discusses the significance of clinical guidelines.

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Medical examiners to scrutinise deaths in the community

5 May 2023

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

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Communicating with patients about cervical smear tests

2 March 2023

Complaints received by MDU members around cervical smear tests highlight key risk management advice

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Citizen access to records - advice for GP practices

19 December 2022

Patients with online accounts will be able to see new entries in their records. We answer your questions on the impact on your practice.

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Certifying deaths after expiry of the Coronavirus Act

28 September 2022

Doctors must have seen the patient during last illness or attended the body to certify death.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

12 September 2022

We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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How to assess mental capacity in the Republic of Ireland

12 September 2022

Assessing a patient’s capacity is essential if their ability to make a decision is in question.

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Sickle cell disorder - what you need to know

28 July 2022

Dr Kathryn Leask discusses medico-legal considerations with sickle cell disorder and how these can be avoided.

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Taking care of your wellbeing after medical school

15 July 2022

What to expect during your transition from medical student to foundation doctor – with advice on taking care of yourself during this busy period.

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How to deal with a request for a private referral

13 July 2022

Make sure patients are referred down the right pathway for efficient access to the right specialist and to avoid complaints.