A few years ago, I found myself at the GMC facing allegations of errors in my clinical practice. A patient with significant co-morbidities had died following invasive investigation. When the family complained, I passed the matter over to the trust, who took so long to reply to the complaint that the family went to the GMC in the meantime.
I was deeply shocked. Over the next few months, I didn’t sleep, lost weight and was verging on depression.
From the first phone conversation, my MDU medico-legal adviser was calm and reassuring. And very efficient; within a few days my case was in the hands of an MDU solicitor and we were starting to put together my defence.
The case took two years to resolve and I was completely exonerated by the GMC, to my huge relief. Throughout, the service from the MDU was superb. Not just in processing my case, but supporting me psychologically and emotionally. Without that, it would have been even harder to bear.