Medico-legal news digest: 14 January

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

GMC

Taking revalidation forward: working with others to improve revalidation

The final part of the GMC's report resulting from Sir Keith Pearson's independent review of revalidation has now been published, containing a range of advice and links on the subject.

BMA

Withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration

The BMA has updated its guidance on withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration, produced in combination with the Royal College of Physicians and the GMC.

MDU senior solicitor Ian Barker was part of the group that considered the updated guidance, which is primarily intended as an aid to clinical decision making.

CQC

Opening the door to change: NHS safety culture and the need for transformation

CQC has called for a change in the NHS' safety culture as a way to reduce the number of patients who experience avoidable harm.

Legislation

Civil Liability Act receives royal assent

The Act includes reforms to the process of setting the personal injury discount rate (PIDR), which was drastically reduced by 3.25% in 2017 and drove up the cost of clinical negligence claims dramatically. The Act requires a change to the way the rate is set and should go some way to redressing the financial damage caused to the NHS and GP indemnity costs by the PIDR reduction.

NHS Improvement

Developing a patient safety strategy for the NHS

NHS Improvement is accepting submissions for a consultation on proposals for a new national patient safety strategy. The strategy is being developed alongside the NHS Long Term Plan and will relate to all aspects of the NHS. Submissions are being accepted until 15 February 2019.

This guidance was correct at publication 14/01/2019. 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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