Medico-legal news digest: 10 September

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

Patient care and safety

New HIV diagnoses in the UK fall for the second year in a row

Public Health England data has shown a 17% decrease in new diagnoses of HIV in 2017 compared to the year before, continuing a downward trend that began in 2015.

NHS Resolution review examines factors contributing to suicide-related claims

Clinical findings from the study, conducted in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, NHS England, NHS Improvement and Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, have informed a series of recommendations for preventing harm and providing more support for at-risk patients.

Complaints

PHSO publishes quarterly statistics report on complaints about NHS trusts in 2018

Access to treatment or drugs, including failure to diagnose, was one of the most prevalent reasons for complaints during this period.

New legislation and guidance

New guidance for doctors on report and letter writing from the AOMRC

AOMRC urges doctors to use plain English and address patients directly when writing outpatient letters.

This guidance was correct at publication 10/09/2018. 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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