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September 19, 2011
‘Catastrophic injury’ claims are more likely to occur in out of hours practice settings, it is claimed.

‘Catastrophic injury’ claims are more likely to occur in out of hours practice settings, it is claimed.

Citing anecdotal evidence, Dr Stephanie Brown, the Medical Protection Society’s (MPS) director for policy and communication, said both the frequency and severity of claims appears to grow in out of hours care in 70% of cases during a working week.

The MPS claims this is due to the skills and experience of staff varying “greatly” out of hours when compared to normal practice.

September 8, 2011
Practices advised to think through consequences of responding "rashly" on websites for fear of landing themselves in "hot water"

Practices are advised to be cautious in responding to patient complaints on social networking websites for fear of landing themselves in "hot water".

An increase in patients turning to social media to voice their criticisms and complaints has brought about a risk for doctors, claims the Medical Protection Society (MPS).

The MPS is urging doctors to think through the consequences of posting potentially damaging knee-jerk responses to criticism.

October 29, 2008
Culture of blame is perpetuating secrecy in the health sector, with practitioners covering up errors, says Medical Protection Society

More than 90% of medical professionals believe patients are less likely to sue after being the victim of a mistake if they receive an apology and explanation for the error, according to a new survey by the Medical Protection Society (MPS).

The vast majority (nearly 90%) of the 700 professionals questioned also they believed patients are more likely to complain now than five years ago. But more than 55% said what motivated people most in doing this was simply the desire for an apology and explanation.

October 7, 2008
National Patient Safety Agency has published new guidance aiming to improve the quality and safety of patient care in general practice

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) has launched new guidance for general practice teams on patient safety incidents and "near misses".

The new Significant Event Audit (SEA) guidance aims to improve the quality and safety of patient care in general practice.

SEA was established in the mid-1990s as a quality assurance method in general practice with the aim of improving patients' experience, care and outcomes, and to identify changes that might improve future care.

September 15, 2008
Medical Protection Society has launched a guide for dealing with approaches from the media while still respecting patient confidentiality

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has launched a guide aimed at giving advice to doctors on how to handle approaches from the media for comment while still respecting patient confidentiality.

The Media Handling Guide has been developed as a tool for all doctors to refer to when dealing with the media and is also available to all trusts and practice managers.

Some of the data contained in the guide has been based on the results of a survey of more than 600 doctors on their experience of dealing with the media.

July 29, 2008
Medical Protection Society says newly qualified doctors should not feel pressured to do anything beyond their knowledge and competence

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) has issued advice for new doctors, warning them of the need to be aware when taking consent for a procedure they are not familiar with.

The MPS says that newly qualified doctors should not feel pressured to do anything beyond their knowledge, expertise and competence, and advised them to ask a senior to explain anything they are unsure of as part of their training.