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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.
Bonus dilemma - only available online in the MDU app
An MDU member faced a claim alleging that a delay in referral led to a patient's death from severe aortic stenosis.
The MDU was able to help a GP member who faced a claim from the family of a patient who died after being diagnosed with a rare colorectal carcinoma.
An ophthalmologist turned to the MDU for help after a patient claimed they had been negligent when securing a cannula during a cataract operation.
The MDU successfully supported a doctor through a claim resulting from a dispute over whether consent had been obtained during the fitting of an IUS.
A patient made a claim against an MDU orthopaedic surgeon after they suffered complications following operations to treat their acromioclavicular joint dislocation.
A patient alleged that an MDU GP's examination was inadequate and they failed to refer for an X-ray, leading to a hip fracture being missed and a subsequent total hip replacement.
The MDU was able to advise a GP about a parental responsibility issue involving the stepfather of a young epileptic patient.
A confidentiality question arose after an MDU member was asked to disclose information about a patient who potentially posed a threat to a public figure.
After a healthcare assistant was frightened by a patient's assistance dog, a GP at the same practice called the MDU to ask if they could refuse entry to the animal on the basis of hygiene or patient safety.
A specialty doctor had a job offer at another hospital withdrawn, and spoke to the MDU's advice line to ask if she had a right to see the reference written about her by a colleague.
The MDU helped a GP respond to a patient's family, who made a complaint after complications meant the patient's body couldn't be donated to a medical school after his death as he had wanted.
Members can access an additional advice line dilemma online exclusively in the MDU app.