This work covers the major areas of legal issues which doctors and other health professionals may encounter. Issues of purely theoretical interest are avoided. It illustrates basic principles using case studies familiar to its target readership, focusing only on areas relevant to them, and highlighting practical issues and good practice. Complex legal terms are avoided and legal references are kept to a minimum.
Part I - Health professionals and patients Chapter 1 - Consent to treatment Chapter 2 - Treatment of the mentally ill Chapter 3 - Confidentiality Chapter 4 - Access of records by patients Chapter 5 - Abortion Chapter 6 - Legal issues on symptom releive in the terminally ill Part II - Legal settings in which health professionals actions may be challenged Chapter 7 - Introduction to the different legal settings Chapter 8 - Complaints form the public: procedures and the NHS Ombudsman Chapter 9 - Professional negligence Chapter 10 Viacarious liability of employers for employees Chapter 11 - Product liability Chapter 12 - The professional bodies Chapter 13 - Relationships with employers Chapter 14 - Health and safety issues Part III - Legal Procedures Chapter 15 - Death certificates, coroners and inquests Chapter 16 - Research and publications Chapter 17 - Report writing and appearing as a witness.