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Dealing with the media

Dealing with the media



Time to Complete

0.5 hours


July 27, 2017


July 3, 2018

Programme Description

In this free module, Dr Beverley Ward from the MDU provides pointers on how to respond when GPs are approached by journalists about stories to do with patient care or alleged misconduct.

This article forms part of the MDU's Safe, ethical practice learning plan worth 9 CPD credits.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Respond if a reporter calls you or comes to your practice
  • Describe the implications of having an off-the-record discussion with the media
  • Explain your duty of confidentiality
  • Understand when it may be appropriate to make a statement if there is press interest in a case you are involved with
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Beverley Ward
    Medico-legal adviser


    This article is provided by the MDU


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs. This activity is offered at no cost.


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