Medico-legal news digest: 13 December

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

Communication

New NHS guidance offers advice on using instant messaging apps during emergencies

Updated guidance recognises the usefulness of instant messaging services in certain clinical settings, and advises on taking data protection principles and practice into account.

Risk management

Royal College of Surgeons issues advice on managing winter pressures

With the coming winter season again predicted to increase the demand on NHS services, the Royal College of Surgeons has provided guidance to hospital doctors on handling the extra pressure.

GMC

State of medical education and practice in the UK 2018

The GMC has published its latest report on the State of medical education and practice in the UK, setting out some of the issues and challenges faced by doctors.

Indemnity

DoHSC publishes FAQs on state indemnity

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a series of FAQs about the upcoming state-backed indemnity for primary care in England and Wales.

MDU

Six point plan to save the NHS from rising cost of clinical negligence

We have revealed a six point reform plan which could save the NHS from the crippling effects of the current clinical negligence claims bill.

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