Law for Doctors

  • ID: 2249624
  • Book
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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With increasing public expectations of the health service, medical litigation and complaints about the health service have been on the increase. For example, the NHS structural reforms in recent years have produced important changes for health professionals as employees and there have been significant developments in the law concerning treatment of the mentally ill, patients′ access to their medical information and confidentiality. These issues affect all doctors and health professionals.

A unique book, Law for Doctors meets a real need for concise, up–to–the–minute information on law that is relevant both to the doctor and related health professional. It is a practical guide which approaches its subject with the use of realistic scenarios throughout. These relevant case histories are used as a basis for discussion and explanation of the legal implications of a doctor′s actions. Guidelines for best practice are given.

This is not a theoretical book. Its overriding aim is to provide an understanding of the way in which the health professional may be legally challenged, and how to minimise the risk of this happening. Unlike many law books, Law for Doctors assumes little or no knowledge of law and legal terms.

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Part I: Health Professionals and Patients.

1: Consent to Medical Treatment.

2: Treatment of the Mentally Ill Patients.

3: Confidentiality.

4: Access to Personal Medical Information.

5: Abortion.

6: Legal Issues Relating to Symptom Relief for Terminally Ill Patients.

Part II: Legal Settings in Which Health Professionals Actions May be Challenged.

7: Introduction to the Different Legal Settings in which Health Professionals Actions May be Challenged.

8: The NHS Compaints Procedure and the NHS Ombudsman.

9: Professional Negligence.

10: Vicarious Liabilities.

11: Product Liability.

12: The Professional Bodies.

13: Relationships between Employers and Employees.

14: Health and Safety Issues.

Part III: Legal Procedures.

15: Death Certificates, Coroners and Inquests.

16: Research and Publications.

17: Writing Medico–Legal Reports and Giving Evidence in Court.


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Wai–Ching Leung
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