Royal Society of Medicine: When things go wrong

Date: Friday 26th October 2018

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Litigation, both civil and criminal, against doctors is increasing, but so are the costs involved, potentially even crippling the NHS, but not always benefitting patient safety as it should.

In this conference we explore what happens when things go wrong, in the medical world, and with patients, and the current, correct legal meaning, definitions, interpretation and consequences in the UK of Consent, Negligence vs. Gross Negligence, and Manslaughter.

Delegates will look at the issues at stake, and at the highest level, bringing together authorities, health care and legal professionals, regulators, the media, patients and their representatives.

The Section of Anaesthesia of the Royal Society of Medicine, in collaboration with the Patient Safety Section and the Clinical Forensic and Legal Medicine Section, will provide a platform for all involved, to clarify, discuss and interpret these issues, and to look constructively at a sustainable future for improving patient safety, care and treatment.

Key speaker:
Professor Alan Forbes Merry, Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland.

Professor Merry practises anaesthesia and chronic pain management at Auckland City Hospital, and is Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He is a former Councillor of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and Chair of the Board of the NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission. He is on the Board of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, and of Lifebox, an international charitable initiative to improve standards of surgery and anaesthesia in low income areas of the world. His books, book chapters and papers in peer reviewed journals reflect interests in human factors, patient safety and simulation.

Topics include:
‘When things go wrong’ from different perspectives
How things can go wrong so they can be prevented in the future
The possibility of complaints and how to deal with them
The implications of when things go wrong, including possible inquests and media attention.

RSM members: £39 – £84

Non-members: £65 – £140

If you would like to register for this event please go to the organiser’s website