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The importance of safeguarding vulnerable adults

The importance of safeguarding vulnerable adults

Failures in safeguarding vulnerable adults can and do result in tragedy and harm to individuals and professionals. It’s a tricky thing for GPs to get right - and vital to focus on. The case of Joseph O’Hanlon, an alcoholic who was beaten to death in his home after...

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Significant Event Analysis: A guide for GPs

Significant Event Analysis: A guide for GPs

At MDS, we’re used to helping GPs to handle complaints and queries when things don’t go to plan. As GPs ourselves, we understand the challenges this job can throw up and we vow to step in with support where and when we can. Yet, we’re also keen to help GPs by...

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The NHS complaints procedure

The NHS complaints procedure

The vast majority of the enquiries we receive at the Medical Defense Society relate to NHS complaints – and this is a key area in which GPs need support. While all GPs aim for the very highest standards of care it’s a fact of life that not everyone will always be...

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Doctor-patient confidentiality: A best practice guide

Doctor-patient confidentiality: A best practice guide

GPs have an unusual relationship with their patients. Together, you might well share moments that are deeply emotional and come to learn details that they’ve shared with no-one else, not even their closest. That’s part of the job – but it also presents a challenge to...

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GPs call for longer consultation time

GPs call for longer consultation time

The importance of looking after our GPs has never been more vital as more surgeries close, along with a sustained fall in UK GP numbers. What this means, is that highly skilled professionals in our industry are under pressure to see and treat more patients in an...

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Duty of candour guidance for GPs

Duty of candour guidance for GPs

GPs are highly skilled professionals but they’re also human beings and that means mistakes in their jobs are possible. As an MDO set up by GPs for GPs we understand and appreciate this as well as anyone – but we also know the importance of reacting appropriately when...

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Membership growth marks huge vote of confidence from GPs

Membership growth marks huge vote of confidence from GPs

Medical Defense Society membership numbers have jumped 70% during a strong period of growth in 2018/19. The rise in members for the year to April can be revealed as MDS gets ready to celebrate its second anniversary in July and starts to become a recognised...

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Sustained fall in UK GP numbers

Sustained fall in UK GP numbers

The number of GPs in the UK is falling in a sustained way for the first time in more than 50 years, according to new research. Analysis by the Nuffield Trust on behalf of the BBC shows that there are now 60 GPs per 100,000 people in the UK – which is down from 64 just...

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Referral scheme gives GPs chance to save 20% on indemnity

Referral scheme gives GPs chance to save 20% on indemnity

GPs can save up to 20% off the cost of their indemnity thanks to a new referral scheme. Medical Defense Society, the only MDO designed and established by GPs for GPs, is looking to reward members who can help to attract new members. If any MDS member refers a new GP...

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Private vs NHS work in a GP practice: What’s changed?

Private vs NHS work in a GP practice: What’s changed?

The rules surrounding private healthcare services delivered by GPs have now changed, amid fears of a ‘blurring’ of the lines between NHS and non-NHS work. As part of widespread changes to the GP contract, NHS England has decided to ban the advertising and hosting of...

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