Cautionary Tales

These case studies, based on MDU members' real-life experiences, provide a valuable opportunity for shared learning across a wide range of specialties and situations, as well as illustrating how we offer assistance to members when they need it most.


Building blocks

Successful defence of a high value claim

The MDU defended a GP member in a high value case concerning an alleged failure to refer to hospital for suspected endocarditis.

Frayed wires

Allegation of failure to consent

A middle-aged male patient complaining of pain in his left groin attended a general surgeon after being referred by his GP.

Hour glass

Alleged delayed diagnosis of testicular cancer

A 40-year old man brought a claim against his GP for an alleged failure to refer him for suspected testicular cancer.

Oxygen canister

Alleged allergic reaction to prescribed antibiotics

A patient in his late 30s presented to an MDU GP member complaining of a cough that had lasted for two weeks.

Fishing net

Alleged delayed diagnosis of breast cancer

A patient brought a claim against a GP member alleging delayed diagnosis and failure to identify breast cancer.

Barbell weights

Complications after shoulder surgery

A patient brought a claim against an MDU member more than two years after having surgery.

Close-up of knot

Delayed diagnosis of hernia strangulation

A patient with a known right inguinal hernia was seen at an out-of-hours GP unit by an MDU member.

Burning fuse

Disclosure in the public interest

A GP had been seeing a patient with known mental health issues and a previous history of assaulting a third party.

Playing cards

Mix-up of patient records

A GP partner called the MDU advice line following the death of a patient.

Mortuary drawers

Pressure to provide a death certificate

A GP called the MDU advice line after having a difficult conversation with the coroner's officer.