Medco is the new system for soft tissue injury medical reports

MedCo is the new system to facilitate the sourcing of medical reports in soft tissue injury claims (such as whiplash) brought under the MoJ’s Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents. The new system went live on 6th April 2015. Medical Experts, MROs and Commissioners of Medical Reports must register via […]

Legal Aid Agency (LAA) revised guidance about funding expert witnesses

Genral practioners GPs doctors will be interested in revised guidance on expert witnesses from the Legal Aid Agency. On 5 September 2014 the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) published revised guidance about expert witnesses in cases funded by legal aid. The guidance, covers matters such as: maximum rates for different types of expert witness how to apply […]

Extra questions on an expert report

General practitioner GP doctors often ask: Who pays for extra questions on the expert reprt? After completing a report for a claimant solicitor, the expert often receives a list of questions-someimes a long list of questions, taking some time to answer because they require quite detailed responses. In a civil case this is covered by the Civil Procedure Rules […]

In Medicine: There must be an app for that!

There was a fascinating session at the BMA conference in Liverpool on technological advances which have changed the face of medicine. The sessions was presented by Jason Bradbury on exponential growth, which sees the number of innovations double every 18 months, and means that the next 10 years will be nothing like the last. This […]

New drug-driving law

Drugs and driving: the law A new offence of drug driving, which came into force 2 March 2015, makes it illegal to drive with more than a specified amount of some controlled drugs in the blood. Patients may ask for medical evidence from the general practitioner GP doctor. It’s illegal to drive if either: you’re […]

Driving laws abroad

General practitioners GPs and doctor advise patients about driving. Patients driving abroad or hiring a car need to be mindful of international driving laws. Norway In Norway it is compulsory and legal requirement to keep your headlights on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Norway has close to no-tolerance of drinking and driving, […]

NICE guidelines for GP suspecting cancer are symptom based.

NICE guidelines recommend general practitioners GPs are able to request some ‘direct access’ tests urgently. The main NICE recommendations are largely unchanged from the draft NICE guidelines published November 2014, and effectively lower the risk threshold at which patients are referred for cancer investigation – from a positive predictive value (PPV) of roughly 5% to 3% – as […]

NICE guidance based on symptoms for GPs to suspect and diagnose cancer

As a GP general practitioner, I was interested in this NICE guidance based on symptoms in order to suspect and diagnose cancer. Dr Steve Hajioff, is the chair of the expert group who developed the guideline. The guidance will also help patients to identify which symptoms are worrying, Dr Hajioff said. I just met Dr […]

Dr Martin Harris addresses BMA conference on DoLS Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Dr Martin Harris GP and elected representative spoke at the BMA annual conference in Liverpool about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). this was originally intended to benefit the patient, providing assessment and funding care. Unfortunately with a death is non suspicious such as dementia, but also DoLS -then the Chief Coroner opines that this is a death in detention; […]

KEEP TAKING THE DRUGS-IF YOU CAN GET THEM

  There has been an increasing shortage of the supply of drugs and medicines over the last five years, but this problem has become significantly worse over the last year. As a general practitioner GP in London and doctor this affects doctors and pharmacists trying to source prescribed medication which is unavailable and no equivalent, adding […]

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