News in brief

Publication date:  20 Jan 2010

Beware patients bearing gifts

Doctors should remember to keep a register of gifts, the Medical Defence Union has warned. The golden rule, it says, is that gifts should not influence or be seen to influence the care a patient receives. Examples recently seen by the Medical Defence Union include a general practitioner who received part of an elderly patient’s silver collection—followed by a complaint from disgruntled family members; a practice manager who opened a Christmas card from a patient to find a £1000 cheque, and a nurse given lingerie presented in a beribboned box.

Occupational health standards launched

The first ever national standards for the performance of occupational health services, developed by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, have been launched by Dame Carol Black, national director for health and work. The faculty will be encouraging all occupational health services—in both the NHS and the private sector—to work towards complying with the standards during 2010. The plan is for accreditation to be piloted later in 2010 and operational in early 2011.

RCGP council nominations

Six members will retire from the Royal College of General Practitioners council at the annual general meeting in November. Any fellow or member of the college may propose another for election to one of the six vacancies. Nomination forms and further details can be obtained on application to the Returning Officer, 14 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PU, or by email to: Nominations close at noon 31 March 2010.

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