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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.
Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.
Should I report a knife injury to the police?
Must I disclose a police caution to the GMC?
Must we always disclose patient details to the police?
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