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Policing migrant patients
The recent Queen's Speech once again raised the issue of healthcare and immigration status. So what are the obligations in primary care?
Inappropriate sexual behaviour in colleagues
New guidance from the GMC highlights a duty to report any concerns over the sexual conduct of a colleague towards a patient.
Chaperone guidance revised
Doctors can help avoid complaints of inappropriate behaviour by following new GMC guidance on chaperones.
Think carefully before de-registering a patient - even those who make frequent and unreasonable complaints
It goes without saying
MANY doctors rely on implied consent in their day-to-day practice, but be aware of its limitations.
Prescribing addictive medicines
When prescribing addictive medicines be sure to discuss fully the risks and benefits with patients.
Don’t turn a blind eye
Reporting a colleague over patient safety concerns is never easy - but failure to do so could leave you in professional difficulty.
Violence warning markers
Ensure violence marker flags on patient records are applied consistently according to set policies and procedures and that these comply with health and safety and data protection laws.
Remote prescribing risks
Doctors and dentists must satisfy a number of conditions before prescribing remotely.
Patient contact via email and texting
EMAILING or texting patients may save time and resources but there are risks -- not least of which are potential breaches of data security and patient confidentiality. [Risk Alert]