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Medico-legal news digest: October 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.

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New guidance for doctors on referring deaths to the coroner

New rules for the notification of deaths come into force on 1 October 2019.

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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.

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MDU statements on Dr Bawa-Garba appeal

The MDU has responded to the Court of Appeal judgement in the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.

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Guide

Signing death certificates and cremation forms

A doctor's responsibility is to certify a deceased patient's cause of death by issuing a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD).

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What foundation doctors need to know

Dr Ellie Mein shares some of the most common reasons foundation doctors call the MDU, and explains what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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Case study

Pressure to provide a death certificate

A GP called the MDU advice line after having a difficult conversation with the coroner's officer.

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Guide

Tips for foundation years: coroner's requests

This guide will help foundation doctors respond to a request from the coroner for a statement.

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Journal

MDU journal spring 2018

Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.

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