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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A specialty doctor had a job offer at another hospital withdrawn, and spoke to the MDU's advice line to ask if she had a right to see the reference written about her by a colleague.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.
Your decisions change lives for good.
That's why, should something go wrong, we're with you every step of the way.