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Telephone consultations

TELEPHONE consultations can be a valuable and convenient clinical tool for both GPs and their patients - but MDDUS urges caution in routine use.

  • 25 September 2015
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Child protection – everyone’s responsibility

Not only do doctors and dentists have a professional obligation to act on any concerns they may have about the safety or welfare of a child or young person - they risk allegations of misconduct in failing to do so.

  • 29 July 2015
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Doctors dealing with dental emergencies

Are there any circumstances in which GPs or other medical doctors should be providing what amounts to dental treatment?

  • 26 June 2015
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Remote prescribing of injectable cosmetics and other medicines

Face-to-face consultations with patients are required before prescribing Botox or other injectable cosmetic medicines - but clinicians should ensure compliance with regulations and professional guidance before remotely prescribing any medicine or treatment.

  • 27 May 2015
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Compulsory data audits now a reality

NHS data controllers have been put on notice by the Information Commissioner to ensure they have appropriate systems and controls in place to protect patient data – as NHS organisations, including GP practices, now face compulsory data protection audits.

  • 28 April 2015
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Covert recording of consultations

A recent call to the MDDUS advisory service highlighted some confusion over a patient’s right to covertly (or indeed overtly) record their medical or dental consultation.

  • 31 March 2015
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Use of CCTV in healthcare premises

WHETHER it's to monitor staff or patient conduct or deter vandalism, the decision to install electronic surveillance in practice premises requires careful consideration.

  • 27 February 2015
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Are you appropriately indemnified?

THE GMC recently consulted on proposed changes giving it the power to check that doctors have appropriate indemnity or insurance cover. Now might be a good time to review your MDDUS membership to ensure it reflects your current practice.

  • 30 January 2015
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Patient leaflets and brochures

ARE clinicians responsible for the content of third-party leaflets or brochures given out to patients? A recent court case addressed this question.

  • 22 December 2014
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Refusing a patient registration request

A consistent policy on refusing patient registration requests is a necessity for practices wanting to avoid possible charges of discrimination.

  • 30 September 2014
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