Introduction

Dr Christine Tomkins, Chief executive of the MDU

Welcome to legal and ethical dilemmas for consultants

Throughout the MDU's history our team has been led and staffed by doctors with real-life experience of the pressures and challenges faced in practice.

We help members with a wide variety of problems each year; from providing telephone advice on how to deal with dilemmas about breaching confidentiality, to supporting members through GMC investigations into their fitness to practise, to defending them against claims for negligence.

We have compiled a selection of short dilemmas to illustrate some of the problems the MDU can assist consultant members with. The cases are anonymised to protect members' and patients' confidentiality, but they are all based on real cases. We hope they will give you some insight into the range of expertise available to assist members and demonstrate how committed we are to providing support and advice to members in every day practice as well as during difficult times.

I hope you will find these dilemmas topical, informative and relevant to your practice.

Dr Christine Tomkins
Chief executive

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