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Skeletons in the closet: disposing of human skeletons causes medico-legal concerns

The MDU is occasionally asked for advice from doctors and their relatives about how to appropriately dispose of real human skeletons.

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Patients may ask for medical defence under drug-driving legislation

An offence of drug-driving came into force in England and Wales in 2015 and similar legislation has now taken effect in Scotland.

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Organ donation law set to change to opt out system

Organ donation will be moving to an 'opt out' system in 2020.

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Journal

Disappointments over the discount rate

The government must keep its promise to protect doctors from the impact of the discount rate cut, says MDU chief executive Dr Christine Tomkins.

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Guide

Foundation year doctors and criminal matters

Recent cases have raised concerns among foundation doctors that their work might lead them to be involved in a criminal investigation. In fact, such cases are rare.

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Podcast and video

Mental Capacity Act

Lasting power of attorney, advance decisions and other important aspects of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 explained by Dr Sally Old.

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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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Advance decisions: legal update

A recent legal case has highlighted GPs' obligation to ensure that advance decisions recorded in patients' notes are brought to the attention of their treating hospital.

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Journal

Health and Justice policy must focus on cutting claims costs

Despite easing the burden of indemnity costs in primary care, the government's initiatives do not address the cause of those spiralling costs.

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