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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.

  • 29 November 2012
  • Risk alert

Remote prescribing risks

Doctors and dentists must satisfy a number of conditions before prescribing remotely.

  • 31 October 2012
  • Risk alert

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]

  • 28 September 2012
  • Risk alert

Who can consent for children?

WHEN is it appropriate for people like grandparents or childminders to consent to treatment in children?

  • 31 August 2012
  • Risk alert

Poor handovers still pose significant risk

EARLIER this month the GMC published key findings from its annual National training survey. A total of 51,316 trainee doctors participated – just under three-quarters were in specialty or core training (72 per cent) with 28 per cent respondents in their foundation training years.

  • 25 July 2012
  • Risk alert

Do you discriminate by sexuality?

Always ensure you treat all patients equally - regardless of sexuality

  • 28 June 2012
  • Risk alert

Patient requests to alter medical records

Be ever mindful of patients' right of access to medical records - and to dispute the facts and clinical opinion therein.

  • 31 May 2012
  • Risk alert

Act quickly on patient complaints

Responding swiftly and carefully to patient complaints can prevent them escalating to a more serious matter.

  • 27 April 2012
  • Risk alert

Caution over self-prescribing

PRESCRIBING drugs for yourself or those close to you might be convenient but could land you in serious trouble with the GMC.

  • 30 March 2012
  • Risk alert

A duty of openness

New published GMC guidance highlights again the responsibily that healthcare professionals in management positions have toward staff raising concerns over patient safety.

  • 28 February 2012
  • Risk alert