Our impact: archive

Creating a safe space in investigations: The Health and Care Bill and the creation of the Health Services Safety Investigations Body

9 September 2021

As MPs begin detailed scrutiny of the Health and Care Bill, MDU head of government and external relations, Thomas Reynolds, explains why we are urging MPs to make a small but crucial amendment to the legislation.

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Health and Care Bill

14 July 2021

As the Health and Care Bill has its second reading in the House of Commons, MDU head of government and external relations Thomas Reynolds shares his reflections.

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The future of judicial review

29 June 2021

The MDU recently responded to proposals from the Ministry of Justice to reform the judicial review process.

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Reforming the GMC

29 June 2021

The MDU has responded to an eagerly awaited consultation on reforming healthcare professional regulation across the UK.

A changing personal injury discount rate (PIDR) in Northern Ireland: MDU response

17 August 2020

The MDU has responded to the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland's consultation on changes to how the personal injury discount rate (PIDR) is set.

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Statutory duty of candour in Northern Ireland: MDU submission

17 September 2019

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.