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Practices in England face the clock on online consultations

THE new GP contract in England calls for all practices to offer online consultations to patients by April 2020 and video consultations by April 2021. But what about the risks?

  • 31 January 2020
  • Risk alert

Communicating with patients about the coronavirus

THE coronavirus outbreak has now been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation, and MDDUS has drawn up a risk alert to guide general practices in maximising communication with patients at key contact points.

  • 31 January 2020
  • Risk articles

Data concerns when texting patients

TEXT messaging patients has become almost routine in healthcare today but robust processes are still needed to monitor and control both message content and intent, as well as protect patient confidentiality.

  • 30 December 2019
  • Risk alert

Safe approach to handling racist abuse

ARE you expected to carry on treating a patient despite being racially abused or threatened? Can you refuse to treat such patients or have them transferred or removed from your list?

  • 27 November 2019
  • Risk articles

Opioid prescribing risks

OPIOID addiction has reached crisis proportions in the US – but UK prescribers also face increasing risk.

  • 29 October 2019
  • Risk alert

Brexit patient safety risks

BREXIT looms ever larger as the UK faces yet another crucial deadline – and MDDUS has received numerous calls requesting advice in regard to the potential for disrupted patient care and service provision in the event of a "no deal".

  • 24 September 2019
  • Risk alert

Employer rating sites

WEBSITES that encourage employees to review a former (or current) workplace may be useful for job seekers – but for healthcare professionals there are risks in posting on such sites.

  • 28 August 2019
  • Risk alert

Covert video recording

CAN patients video record consultations or staff undertaking a clinical procedure without permission?

  • 30 July 2019
  • Risk alert

Burnout is also a patient safety issue

THERE is well-established evidence of a causal relationship between reduced wellbeing of clinicians and patient safety risks within secondary care – and a recent study suggests the same is true in primary care.

  • 25 June 2019
  • Risk alert

Research trial pitfalls

POTENTIAL legal difficulties involving medical trials can range from participant complaints to more serious allegations of fraud. Ensure that you're research ready.

  • 28 May 2019
  • Risk alert