Defending Doctors

21 February 2019

Do professionals have the “right to be forgotten”?

A landmark ruling published in January 2019 by Amsterdam’s District Court has allowed a Dutch surgeon’s claim against Google and Dutch data privacy watchdog, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, regarding her “right to be forgotten”. The judgement handed down in July 2018 has only been published now, as there was a dispute as to whether it should be made public given the subject matter. 

Julie Norris

12 February 2019

The MPTS considers professional boundaries after GP has a child with a former patient

Professional boundaries are an important aspect of clinical care. Registered healthcare practitioners must be able to practice within legal and ethical boundaries in respect of patients. Sarah Atkinson and Aguie Mbah write on the current case deals with a hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) where the allegation against the doctor related to breaching professional boundaries. 

 

Sarah Atkinson

8 February 2019

Disclosing the past - how much does the regulator need to know?

On 30 January 2019, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the eagerly awaited matter of R (on the application of P, G and W) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another (Appellants) [2019] UKSC 3 relating to the disclosure of criminal records.

29 January 2019

The Duty of Candour: Telling patients the truth when something goes wrong

A paper published by the Professional Standards Authority (“PSA”) last week entitled “Telling patients the truth when something goes wrong” (“the Paper”) addresses the progress of regulators in the Health and Social Care sector in embedding the professional duty of candour over the past 5 years. The Paper highlights the role regulators have played in the development of the Duty of Candour and it’s recognition throughout the Health and Social Care Sector.

Shannett Thompson

2 January 2019

Court of Appeal reaffirms the need for detailed medical evidence in the event of seeking an adjournment on health grounds

On 13 December 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in an appeal by the General Medical Council (the GMC) against a decision made by the High Court to allow an appeal by Dr Hayat. Dr Hayat had been erased from the medical register in February 2017. You can access our blog on the previous High court decision here

Sarah Atkinson

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