Articles: Volume 4 Issue 6 Nov/Dec 2013

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Turning back the tide of litigation. Long ago, King Canute taught us the futility of attempting to turn back the tide. Clearly, it is much better to understand the nature of the phenomenon and ‘go with the flow’, rather than to try to resist the …

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I sue doctors. Why do I sue doctors? Should I sue doctors?

James Badenoch QC asks whether it is right that members of the medical profession should be subject to litigation when things go wrong.
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Information, knowledge and wisdom

Paul Nisselle explains the importance of ensuring that information provided to a patient has been received and understood, and that whatever decisions the patient makes are properly informed.
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Mid Staffordshire – some reflections for clinicians

Robert Francis QC outlines the findings of the various investigations into the care provided by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, discussing how the healthcare professions can contribute to implementing the recommendations made to protect patient safety in the future.
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Avoiding urological litigation in general practice

The authors provide some tips on how GPs can avoid litigation by being aware of the urological symptoms and situations that should alert them to the possibility of serious pathology.
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The rising tide of litigation: a solicitor’s view

Any doctor can make a mistake: the important thing is to be honest with yourself and your patient, to take responsibility for the error, and to learn from it. I was once asked by a group of doctors how to avoid being sued.
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Patient complaints and physician practice: the urological experience

Roger Dmochowski investigates the relationship between patient complaints and the risk of malpractice by linking complaints to urological practice types. The unique risk of medical malpractice claims experienced by a physician’s practice in general practice and certain surgical practice types has been shown to be …

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Medico-legal claims: current challenges

David Badenoch argues that there needs to be a better balance between providing proper compensation for the patient who has been negligently damaged and the rapidly increasing number and value of medical claims.
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Moving on after a serious untoward incident

Stephen Harland recounts the story of his encounter with the General Medical Council, and outlines the lessons learned. Therapeutic deaths are always ghastly. Severe bleomycin lung toxicity is perhaps as bad as it can get.
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Increasing importance of truly informed consent: the role of written patient information

Complaints to the General Medical Council (GMC) and litigation against doctors are currently rising at an alarming rate, with an increase of 23 per cent from 7153 in 2010 to 8781 in 2011. This equates to a 1:64 chance of the GMC investigating any individual …

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