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Guide

Safeguarding children at risk of neglect or abuse

GPs play a pivotal role in identifying children at risk and should be familiar with local child protection procedures.

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News

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.

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Guide

Confidentiality and adults without capacity

Patients with mental disorders or learning disabilities do not necessarily lack capacity to consent to disclosure of confidential information.

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Guide

Text message communication in general practice

Text messages are a low-cost and low-effort way for GPs to keep patients updated, particularly for large-scale communications such as flu jab reminders.

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Guide

Domestic abuse: your legal and ethical duty

Doctors and other healthcare professionals have a duty to be alert to signs of domestic abuse.

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News

Medico-legal news digest: July 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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Guide

Assessing capacity

Assessing a patient's capacity is an essential aspect of being a doctor. Here's what you need to know.

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Case study

Consent issues around fitting of IUS

The MDU successfully supported a doctor through a claim resulting from a dispute over whether consent had been obtained during the fitting of an IUS.

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Case study

Parental responsibility and consent dilemma

The MDU was able to advise a GP about a parental responsibility issue involving the stepfather of a young epileptic patient.

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