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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
21 June 2018
Reforms to the death certification process and the introduction of medical examiners will take place in England following a review.
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.