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The duty of both professional and expert witnesses is to the court.
I am sometimes asked to complete reports for patients making an insurance claim or seeking state benefits, what should I do if I feel that the claim has no merit?
Dictated notes may pose problems if records aren't transcribed promptly, or if key information is left out.
Clear, accurate records support clinical decision-making and patient care
Dr Ellie Mein shares some of the most common reasons foundation doctors call the MDU, and explains what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.
How should I respond to a solicitors' request for the records of a deceased patient?
How much detail should I include in a patient's records?
Can I charge a patient for a copy of their medical records?
What information should I include when writing a report for the coroner?
Can I delete an entry from a patient's records at their request?
Should I show a medical report for an insurance company to the patient first?
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