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Your legal obligations to report, and how to raise concerns if you believe a colleague poses a risk to themselves or others.
When does a doctor need to report gunshot or knife wounds to the police?
Medical manslaughter investigations involving healthcare professionals are more common than in previous years, and a recent BBC Radio 4 documentary has highlighted the difficulties for doctors involved in them.
You have a legal and ethical duty to raise concerns if you suspect a vulnerable adult patient is being abused or neglected.
More doctors are facing police investigations for gross negligence manslaughter.
Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.
Must I disclose a police caution to the GMC?
Must we always disclose patient details to the police?
Should I report a knife injury to the police?