Medico-legal news digest: May 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.

Termination of pregnancy draft guidelines from NICE

NICE has developed the draft guidelines with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), with the aim of improving the organisation of, and access to, termination of pregnancy services.

HSIB investigation tackles national complexity of medicine safety

The report from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch report puts forward a number of recommendations aimed at driving national improvement to reduce potentially fatal medication errors.

Financial redress for survivors of child abuse in care - Scotland

Survivors of childhood abuse, which occurred in care in Scotland, can now apply for advanced redress payments from the Scottish government. The scheme will be open to people who have a terminal illness or are aged 70 or over, and from May 2019 onwards, doctors in Scotland will be asked to complete forms certifying that an applicant meets the required criteria.

GMC consulting on getting effective feedback from patients

The General Medical Council is asking doctors for their views on how they should collect and reflect on feedback from their patients to support their revalidation. The consultation is open until 23 July.

RCGP dermatology toolkit

This resource from the RCGP is designed to help primary healthcare teams in the UK with their learning and to build confidence when caring for patients with skin conditions.

Advance decisions: legal update

A recent legal case has highlighted GPs' obligation to ensure that advance decisions recorded in patients' notes are brought to the attention of the treating hospital.

Opt-out organ donation: consultation from DoHSC

This consultation is open until 22 July, and asks people for their views on which organs and tissues should be excluded from the new opt-out organ donation system.

This guidance was correct at publication 14/05/2019. 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.

You may also be interested in

Guide

Your first year as a GP

Dr Nicola Bailey, a member of the medical claims team and former GP, outlines her first role in general practice and informs readers of the top ten things to look out for as a newly qualified GP.

Read more
Guide

Doctors' health and wellbeing: sources of support

Medico-legal concerns can be extremely stressful for healthcare professionals at every level, but there are lots of places you can turn to for help if you need it.

Read more
Guide

Consent and young patients

Assessing the best interests of children who are too young to make decisions for themselves is complex.

Read more