Results from our MDU Winter quiz

Throughout December and January we ran a medico-legal quiz based on popular guidance and advice from our website. 

Nearly 2,000 people had a go at answering the five question quiz. Find out the answers below and take a look at the guidance on which each question was based on: 

How long do you have to provide information for a subject access request?

  • Within one month (correct answer) 
  • Within 20 working days
  • Within 40 days 

For guidance, see our advice on GDPR for GPs


Does an oral complaint that is resolved in one working day need to be acknowledged in writing?

  • Yes – within 2 working days
  • Yes – within 3 working days
  • No, it is not necessary (correct answer)

For guidance, see our video on handling complaints


A patient is undergoing an intimate examination, and has a chaperone present. As per GMC guidance, a doctor must be satisfied that their chaperone will:

  • Be sensitive and respect the patient’s dignity and confidentiality (correct answer)
  • Have previous experience as a chaperone
  • Stay throughout the examination and be able to see what the doctor is doing (correct answer)
  • Be prepared to raise concerns about a doctor’s behaviour or actions (correct answer) 
  • Reassure the patient if necessary (correct answer)

For guidance, see our journal article on consent and intimate examinations


In England, for how long must you be fully registered with a licence to practise to be eligible to complete form Cremation 5?

  • For at least 1 year
  • For at least 3 years
  • For at least 5 years (correct answer)

For guidance, see our guide on signing death certificates and cremation forms


During a consultation a patient hands you an envelope containing multiple £50 notes. They say it is a Christmas gift, but you are concerned they are trying to influence the treatment you provide. Do you:

  • Accept the gift anyway, but make a note of your concerns
  • Decline the gift, as it could be perceived as an abuse of trust (correct answer)
  • Direct the patient to a receptionist who can accept the gift on behalf of your organisation 

For guidance, see our tips on accepting gifts from patients

This guidance was correct at publication 30/01/2019. 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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