Our impact: archive

The MDU recently submitted a document to the NI Department of Health's IHRD (Inquiry Into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths) Duty of Candour Workstream, relating to on-going work aimed at establishing a statutory duty of candour in the country.

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Government urged to rethink proposals to change indemnity arrangements for healthcare professionals

25 February 2019

The MDU's response to a consultation on appropriate clinical negligence cover emphasises the success of discretionary indemnity in ensuring compensation for patients.

Clinical negligence reform should be top of the Government's agenda

20 December 2018

The spiralling cost of compensation facing the NHS means colossal sums of money are being diverted from patient care at a time when the service is under severe financial strain.

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Greater clarity and consistency needed in Ombudsman's clinical review

13 December 2018

In responding to the consultation from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) on its clinical review procedure, the MDU welcomed the recognition that the clinical assessment procedure needs to be fair and transparent.

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Reforms to control the costs of civil litigation have not done enough for clinical negligence claims, says MDU

28 August 2018

Recoverability of After the Event (ATE) premiums for clinical negligence expert reports continues to create disproportionality between legal costs and damages awarded.

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Sentencing Council publishes revised guidelines for sentencing gross negligence manslaughter

9 August 2018

The Sentencing Council has issued revised sentencing guidance for manslaughter, taking on board representations made on behalf of members by the MDU in response to a 2017 consultation on draft guidelines.

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Doctors whose patients die unexpectedly need more support

31 July 2018

The MDU has responded to the GMC-commissioned Independent Review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide, drawing on our first-hand experience supporting doctors undergoing investigation following the unexpected death of a patient.

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MDU supports legal backing for healthcare safety investigatory body

9 July 2018

The MDU has expressed its support for a draft bill intended to give legal powers to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), to further the body's contribution to improving patient safety and sharing learning across the NHS in England.

Death certification reforms and medical examiners to be introduced in England after extended period of consultation

21 June 2018

Reforms to the death certification process and the introduction of medical examiners will take place in England following a review.

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MDU hopeful Williams' review recommendations will lead to fewer manslaughter investigations

15 June 2018

We hope the recommendations made in the Williams' review of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare will lead to fewer needless investigations of doctors.