Our impact: archive

Doctors on a hospital ward
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.

Busy hospital ward
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.

Hospital team in discussion
Revised NHS policy and framework on never events and serious incidents

18 May 2018

The revised framework for never events from NHS Improvement took effect in February 2018 to coincide with the initiation of the updated 2017-2019 NHS Standard Contract.

MDU urges for clearer coroners' guidance to minimise manslaughter investigations

27 March 2018

The MDU is advocating a number of changes for gross negligence manslaughter investigations that could be made quickly and with very little practical or financial difficulty.

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Free up healthcare regulators to do their job better, MDU urges

17 January 2018

The GMC and other regulators of healthcare professionals need to be given greater flexibility so they can become more efficient and responsive to the changing regulatory environment, says the MDU.

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Discount rate decisions need speed, fairness and transparency, says MDU

29 November 2017

The MDU has called for greater fairness and more transparency in calculating damages for clinical negligence.

rising costs
MDU says discount rate law must change

31 May 2017

The MDU says the law governing the discount rate is not fit for purpose and the new Government must change it.