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Raising concerns about a colleague

After seeing a colleague drinking heavily before returning to work, a trainee called the MDU for advice on whether they should raise a concern over risks to patient safety.

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News

New powers for the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

The role of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) has been expanded to include how whistleblowing complaints are handled

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Guide

Conscientious objection

A doctor's personal beliefs or conscientious objection to a treatment may prevent them from agreeing to carry out certain actions.

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Journal

MDU podcasts: learn on the go

Pop your headphones on and listen to our new medico-legal podcasts.

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Journal

What should I do if I encounter racism from a patient?

If you face racial discrimination from patients on the ward or in a surgery, there are several things you can do.

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Guide

Dealing with challenging patients

Patients become ‘challenging’ for a number of reasons. Here, we advise on managing the patient while protecting yourself, staff and other patients.

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News

Speaking up for patient safety

More and more members are contacting the MDU for advice on raising concerns about patient safety.

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Journal

Speaking up for patient safety

It’s not always easy but doctors have a professional duty to raise concerns when patient safety is being put at risk. Dr Kathryn Leask highlights resources that can help prepare you to speak up.

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Journal

Speaking up about your superior

A student observes inappropriate behaviour by their supervisor on a ward. What should they do next?

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