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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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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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Case study

Fixated threat assessment centre

A confidentiality question arose after an MDU member was asked to disclose information about a patient who potentially posed a threat to a public figure.

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Guide

Redacting third party information from notes

You might sometimes need to remove or redact information from medical records when sending them to patients or third parties. Here's what you need to know.

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Journal

MDU journal spring 2019

A new online resource explores and supports the concept of second victims among healthcare professionals involved in adverse clinical incidents.

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Guide

Confidentiality and disclosing information after death

Your duty of confidentiality to a patient continues after their death.

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Journal

MDU journal winter 2018

Emergency departments are like a canary in the mine for the NHS, says the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

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