Medico-legal news digest September 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.

Cannabis prescribing

NICE has published draft recommendations from NICE on the use of cannabis-based medicinal products. This comes after a comprehensive evaluation of their clinical and cost-effectiveness, and last year's re-classification allowing specialist doctors to prescribe them in specific circumstances.

NHS Improvement publishes new patient safety strategy

The new patient safety strategy was preceded by a consultation, to which the MDU responded, and includes a number of medico-legally relevant sections on clinical negligence, patient safety, medical examiners and more.

Notification of Death Regulations 2019

The new notifications were laid on 15 July and come into force on 1 October. They are made under S18 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and relate to the requirements for medical practitioners to notify a death to a relevant senior coroner.

NHS Resolution guidance promoting a 'learning and just culture' to improve patient safety

The guidance aims to help the NHS create an environment to better support staff when things go wrong and to encourage learning from incidents. NHS Resolution received 317 claims valued at close to £27.5 million in the past four years relating to staff stress and bullying in NHS trusts.

Measles cases continue to rise

Urgent action to improve vaccination uptake has been ordered after more than 230 cases of measles were reported in the UK during first quarter of 2019. The UK has lost its 'measles-free' status with the World Health Organisation (WHO) - three years after the virus was eliminated in the country.

RCoA Fight Fatigue campaign and survey results

A survey from the Royal College of Anaesthetists has revealed the incidence and impact of fatigue and out-of-hours working on consultant anaesthetists and intensivists, to tie in with its national 'Fight fatigue' campaign.

The reflective practitioner - a guide for medical students

The GMC has published new non-statutory guidance for medical students, co-produced with the Medical Schools Council, aimed at helping students understand the principles and importance of reflective practice.

This guidance was correct at publication 09/09/2019. 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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