The recently formed Confederation of British Surgery together with the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations are hosting a day meeting entitled “Surgeons in Difficulty “on March 21st 2019.
Surgeons today work in a litigious environment and may be subject to investigation from a number of different sources. These include their employer (usually a Trust) the regulator (the GMC) or as a result of complaints arising from allegations of medical negligence (the civil courts).
Whatever their origin, complaints cause considerable stress and anxiety.
The aims of this meeting are:
- To provide a background to medicolegal issues in the UK
- To explain the various processes involved in dealing with complaints
- To advise on the optimal means of avoiding conflicts
- To advise on how best to protect yourself
- To understand what is required of an expert witness
Surgeons are often asked to be expert witnesses and recent experience has shown that it is essential that the clinician writing reports understands both the law and the requirements of the courts. This course will provide an over view of those elements as well as providing some insight into the challenges facing a surgeon in difficulty.
We have put together a programme in which we are fortunate to have a number of experienced and entertaining speakers. There will be opportunities during the day to mix with speakers and colleagues for mutual benefit.