Medico-legal news digest: 26 February

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

Wellbeing

BMA rebrands its wellbeing services

The BMA has revamped its counselling and peer support as wellbeing support services. Offering support with issues such as stress, bullying, GMC issues and mental health, the services are free, confidential and open to all doctors and medical students.

Artificial intelligence

AOMRC releases report on AI in healthcare

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has released its report on the likely impact of artificial intelligence on healthcare. The report looks at several key issues, such as how AI will support clinical decisions and whether it will replace specialists, and also makes a series of recommendations to support its implementation.

GP contract

2019/2020 GP contract announced

The 2019/2020 GP contract was announced recently, which included several key changes and confirmed the government's commitment to introducing state-backed indemnity for GPs in England and Wales from April 2019.

Complaints

PHSO/NHS Resolution guide

The PHSO and NHS Resolution have released a new guide for NHS staff who manage complaints and/or claims. The guide explains the roles of the two organisations and how they work together in the process of addressing and resolve complaints and claims.

Clinical negligence

The MDU responds to the Department of Health and Social Care's consultation on appropriate clinical negligence cover

The MDU's response to a consultation on appropriate clinical negligence cover emphasises the success of discretionary indemnity in ensuring compensation for patients.

E-learning

Doctors in Scotland offered training on completing death certificates

Doctors are being encouraged by Healthcare Improvement Scotland to complete two e-learning modules on death certification.

This guidance was correct at publication 26/02/2019. 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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