Medico-legal news digest: July 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.

'Medicines in health and adult social care: Learning from risks and sharing good practice for better outcomes'

This report from Care Quality Commission collects its experience of issues that can and do lead to medication errors from all areas of practice it regulates, with some advice about how to avoid them.

GMC response to review into gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide

The General Medical Council has responded to the publication of the (independent) Hamilton review into gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide. The report itself contains a number of the MDU's recommendations.

Formal GMC (and others) joint statement on becoming a reflective practitioner

A joint statement from healthcare regulators including the GMC, on the benefits of being a reflective practitioner, has been welcomed by the MDU. Read our response here.

Duty of candour legislation introduced in Wales

A new bill aimed at improving quality and public engagement in Welsh health and social care was officially introduced on 17 June, and includes clauses detailing a statutory duty of candour.

HEE - Enhancing Junior Doctors' Working Lives progress report 2019

Health Education England has published an update and progress report of its Enhancing Junior Doctors' Working Lives programme. This was set up in 2016 to address issues that were negatively impacting the quality of life of doctors in training.

MDU welcomes call for better support for BAME doctors

The MDU has responded to a GMC report identifying factors likely to account for the disproportionate referrals of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) doctors to fitness to practise procedures.

Department of Health and Social Care: reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention

The government has published guidance on supporting children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties who are at risk of restrictive intervention.

This guidance was correct at publication 01/07/2019. 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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