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How long should medical records be kept?

How long should medical records be kept?

How long medical records should be kept is a regular question asked by doctors, and with good reason. It's a huge responsibility, and one that should be taken with great care, as record holders have a legal and ethical obligation to securely preserve records. When it...

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GP Charges for Overseas Patients: A quick reference guide

GP Charges for Overseas Patients: A quick reference guide

GP primary care services are not included in overseas visitor charging regulations, but with increased publicity, debate and recent rule changes over NHS charging, confusion can arise. Whilst there may be charges for some overseas patients in secondary care, even...

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A guide to run-off insurance

A guide to run-off insurance

As medical negligence or other claims may arise after you retire - or stop practising for some other reason - you need to ensure you are covered for the long term. Run-off insurance for GPs is a type of cover that specifically relates to historic claims from a time...

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The importance of record keeping in healthcare

The importance of record keeping in healthcare

Patients will soon have the right to access their medical records through the NHS app – which is set to bring a renewed focus on what’s actually contained within a person’s file. If it’s easier than ever for patients to request, inspect and challenge the data kept on...

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A guide to revalidation

A guide to revalidation

Whether you view it as a genuine motivator to improve standards and refine practice or an unnecessary burden, for now at least, revalidation appears to be here to stay. Finally implemented in 2012 after many years of being mooted, the system requires all licensed...

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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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