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Articles and features 07/11/2022

Parental disagreements over a child patient

Parental disagreements over a child patient

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What happens when separated parents ask for medical information about their child? Dr Heidi Mounsey, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at this common query to our advice line.

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Articles and features 30/09/2022

Abortion Act amendments – what they mean for you

Abortion Act amendments – what they mean for you

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Dr Caroline Osborne-White and Dr Corina Lee, Medicolegal Consultants at Medical Protection, look at some recent changes to abortion law and what they mean for the professional expectations of clinicians

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Articles and features 02/08/2022

Breaching confidentiality: can doctors report a crime?

Breaching confidentiality: can doctors report a crime?

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Dr Emma Green, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, recalls a harrowing experience encountering a violent patient and considers the impact on confidentiality when reporting criminal behaviour or assault.

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Factsheet 19/12/2018

NHS Complaints Procedure - Wales

NHS Complaints Procedure - Wales

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The regulations on NHS complaints in Wales are designed to make complaints handling open and accountable, fair and proportionate, and patient-focused. The emphasis is on resolving concerns in a timely fashion, openly and honestly, and a philosophy of “investigate once, investigate well”.

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Factsheet 07/12/2018

Chaperones

Chaperones

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The medical consultation is a challenge to both doctor and patient, whether in the community or in hospital. The need for more detailed discussions with patients, along with their increasing autonomy and right to make choices in relation to their clinical care and treatment, has affected the traditional role of the doctor-patient relationship. This has made maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in the doctor-patient consultation more challenging, however, the guidance from national and regulatory bodies is clear that it is always the health professional's responsibility to do so.

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Factsheet 06/07/2017

Duty of candour for GPs and dental practitioners - England

Duty of candour for GPs and dental practitioners - England

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The duty, which was introduced by the government through regulation 20 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, applies to NHS organisations such as trusts and foundation trusts, to secondary care clinicians, and to bodies including GP practices, dental practices and care homes.

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Factsheet 29/07/2016

Use of social media - England

Use of social media - England

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The General Medical Council (GMC) guidelines Doctors’ use of social media establish the standards expected from every doctor practising in the UK. The guide details the principles of conduct for using social media and explains how doctors can put these principles into practice.

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Factsheet 27/06/2016

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Assessing capacity

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Assessing capacity

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The Mental Capacity Act states that a person lacks capacity if they are unable to make a specific decision, at a specific time, because of an impairment of, or disturbance, in the functioning of mind or brain. This factsheet sets out the things to look for when assessing the capacity of a patient.

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Factsheet 27/06/2016

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – General principles - England and Wales

Mental Capacity Act 2005 – General principles - England and Wales

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The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (the Act) aims to protect people who lack capacity, and maximise their ability to make decisions or participate in decision-making. The Act is underpinned by five statutory principles. This factsheet sets out these principles and how they should be applied.

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