It might seem like cases of medical negligence and medical malpractice are easy targets for viewer-hungry media networks. They’ve got it all: courtroom drama, big payouts, angry defendants — but the reality is quite different for the actual doctors involved. Even if they aren’t to blame, it can end up costing them a lot, and in more ways than one.
Where do you see yourself five years from now? Working in a hospital? A private medical centre? Maybe even opening your own practice. But no matter what you’re planning to do, we bet that it doesn’t include having to deal with a malpractice complaint from your time as a resident doctor.
Everybody makes mistakes; even the most highly trained doctors. But by recognising the most common types of medical malpractice complaints, young doctors can learn how to provide better care for their patients and avoid the ire of the HDC or Medical Council at the same time.
Dr H was faced with a problem. He was working with a patient, M, over the course of several months, and seemed to be making good progress. One day, he was contacted by a government agency. It requested sensitive material about M’s health—so sensitive, in fact, that Dr H felt that to comply would breach patient confidentiality.
Receiving an official complaint about your conduct or competence as a healthcare professional can be an alarming experience—but preparedness is half the battle. Here’s what you should expect if you are on the receiving end of a patient complaint, and how to deal with it quickly and professionally.
Social media is now a core part of many people’s lives: doctors included. It helps us organise and fraternise, meet up and catch up---but when medicine and social media mix, it can sometimes end in disaster for those who share their medical work online and breach patient confidentiality.
There are two kinds of medical malpractice that’s rooted in misdiagnosis: wrong diagnosis, and missed diagnosis. The first can be described as identifying a problem, but choosing the wrong diagnosis for the symptoms, while the latter is failing to identify a problem at all.
Financial Strength Rating
New Zealand Medical indemnity Insurance has been issued a Financial Strength Rating of B+ (Good) and an Issuer’s Credit Rating of bbb- (Good), with the outlook on both ratings assigned to ‘Stable’. These ratings were issued by A.M. Best on 26th March 2021.