In this issue:
Issue 20, Spring 2021
Dame Clare Gerada speaks to Dr Catherine Wills about doctors' mental health and her work with the charity Doctors in Distress.
We expect them to be superhumans, but doctors can be deeply affected by adverse incidents - their wellbeing must not be forgotten.
Do doctors always have to comply with orders to produce medical records?
How GPs can provide trustworthy advice to the media during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Stephen Hearns explains how a career as a helicopter rescue doctor led him to study the effects of pressure and inspired his mission to help fellow doctors swim rather than sink.
"The key to maintaining the balance between pressure and performance is to identify the human factors and situations that can make doctors more vulnerable, and to develop strategies to manage these more effectively."
Dr Claire Wratten, senior medical claims handler analyses clinical negligence claims notified by MDU members working in the field of cardiology and provides advice on managing risk.
Despite their role as impartial providers of information, doctors acting as expert witnesses can themselves become subject to scrutiny.
A new report on the incidence of avoidable harm serves as a timely reminder of the good work done by doctors in primary care.
With many more appointments now offered remotely by phone or video, we reflect on some of the medico-legal issues raised by this way of working.
We've launched our latest e-learning modules in our series on confidentiality.
© MDU 2021