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Based on MDU members' calls to our medico-legal helpline, these cases 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.
A GP received a complaint from a patient who'd instructed a solicitor to investigate a possible claim against their employer, following a work related injury.
A GP was called to a coroner's inquest but was not identified as an 'interested party', and called the MDU for advice.
When a patient died at home following a clinical diagnosis of COVID-19, a GP called the MDU with questions about the death certificate.
The MDU helped an ST doctor with questions about the potential fitness to drive of a patient who offered conflicting histories.
After seeing a colleague drinking heavily before returning to work, a trainee wondered if they should raise a concern over risks to patient safety.
After being notified about some potential prescription anomalies, the GMC wrote to a hospital consultant, who in turn called on the MDU for advice.
A GP needed the MDU's advice with questions surrounding confidentiality and data protection for a remote consultation.
The MDU helped a consultant after they were approached by a solicitor acting on behalf of an elderly patient, who was making a will.
A GP was concerned about the risks of stopping a patient's prescription for sodium valproate, and called the MDU for advice.
After being involved in an adverse incident, a trainee needed advice on what might happen next and what they should do to make amends.
A consultant radiologist member called the MDU advice line to discuss a recent opinion he had been asked to provide for a patient's solicitor in the context of a clinical negligence claim.
A patient visited her GP, extremely anxious about a forthcoming family court appearance that she was unwilling to attend.