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GP practices need a consistent approach to requests for clinical records from patients and their representatives, says Dr Shelagh Turvill.
Lasting power of attorney, advance decisions and other important aspects of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 explained by Dr Sally Old.
Doctors need to consider a wide range of issue when assessing best interests, a 2013 Supreme Court judgment confirmed.
What are your responsibilities for making information available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act?
Your round-up of the latest medico-legal news, with a focus on patient safety, clinical negligence, new legislation and guidance impacting your practice.
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.
Can I sue if I have been defamed online?
How do I assess a patient's capacity?
Do I have indemnity for Good Samaritan acts?
What are my obligations as a professional witness and how does this differ from an expert witness?
How do I assess a patient's best interests if they lack capacity?
Do I have a statutory duty of candour?