Smooth sailing – Working Overseas

More doctors are jumping ship to work abroad, but uncharted waters present new risks, argues Sara Williams. Suitcase in one hand and passport in...

Sticky business – Using USB sticks safely

USB sticks are small and fast with mega memory. But new technology brings new problems; MPS Writer Sara Williams explains why they should be...

A ‘copy and paste’ culture

The temptation to lift someone else's work from the internet can be overwhelming when struggling to meet a deadline, but the risk is simply...

Safe prescribing – Medication Errors

(Correct as of April 2008) Medication errors account for approximately 20% of all clinical negligence claims against doctors in both primary and secondary care. The...

Confidentiality – General principles

(Correct as of April 2008) Confidentiality is at the centre of maintaining trust between patients and doctors. As a doctor, you have access to sensitive...

An inconvenient truth

MPS is often contacted by doctors who are surprised that their attitude and behaviour outside the clinical environment has called their fitness to practise...

Ready, set, go! How junior doctors can contribute to the Olympics

The term good Samaritan stems from the bible – a person who gratuitously gives help to those in distress. During the Olympics, foundation doctors...

Tintin – a diagnosis by Dr Fairytale

I have taken this referral from Claude Cyr, a professor of medicine at Quebec's Sherbrooke University asking for some differential diagnoses. Professor Cyr has...

Bringing ambulances to Mumbai

When an elderly man in Manchester spots the first signs of a heart attack it takes just a simple '999' call to have an...

What’s happening with your pension?

The last 12 months have seen a number of proposed changes to the NHS Pension Scheme, as well as reductions in the amount individuals...

Buying your first home

Financial planning for a new home should begin even before you start looking through the property pages. In this article Wesleyan Medical Sickness gives...

Income protection

Income protection should be an essential cornerstone of financial planning. Wesleyan Medical Sickness answers some key questions about income protection policies. Q: Why do...

Oral and maxillofacial surgery

What do maxillofacial surgeons actually do? It may sound like a cliché, but think of the face and ask what a maxillofacial surgeon can't do!...

Medical Emergencies at 30,000ft

Settling in for a flight is never the same once you've taken the Hippocratic Oath. In the back of your mind is always the...

Is the health legacy of London 2012 already lost?

Will London 2012 be the first games to have tried and failed to deliver a national sport participation and physical activity legacy? Professor Mike...