Medico-legal news digest: 10 April 2019

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

NHS Staff and Learners' Mental Wellbeing Commission

The final report is now available after a commission on the mental wellbeing of NHS staff and learners was announced.

NHS announces national medical examiner

Dr Alan Fletcher has been appointed as the NHS' national medical examiner, to oversee the introduction of the medical examiner system in England and Wales.

New Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act 2019 given Royal Assent

The new bill introduces an 'opt-out' system, whereby consent to organ donation is deemed to have been given by an adult before death, unless they have expressly stated that they don't wish to be an organ donor or an exception applies.

GMC national training surveys

The GMC's training surveys work towards monitoring and reporting on the quality of postgraduate medical education and training in the UK. Trainee and Trainer surveys are open until 1 May.

NHS patient debt: guidance on administration and data sharing

The government has issued updated information to NHS service providers on how to share information about overseas chargeable patients who have unpaid debts for NHS care.

State-backed indemnity for GPs

The new state-backed scheme was introduced on 1 April for primary care in England and Wales. Find out more and learn why MDU membership is still vital for those affected on our 'Mind the gap' pages.

This guidance was correct at publication 10/04/2019. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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