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Avoid courting disaster

More than 100 consultants and GPs attended this year’s BMA Expert Witness Conference in London. Reports by Robin Stride.

A mini survival guide for doctors writing medico-legal reports was given by a barrister and mediator.

Simon Robinson, of Five Paper Chambers, said the hallmarks were to be clear, direct, honest and trustworthy. 

Doctors should write for the intelligent lay person, explaining any technical key terms and they should address the points in the letter of instruction or guidance and highlight any additional relevant information.

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