Latest updates and advice

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Tips for a trouble-free festive period

27 November 2018

The festive period is a busy time of year for GPs, so here are some tips to help with the medico-legal issues that might arise.

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Legal permission no longer necessary when withdrawing clinically assisted nutrition and hydration

6 August 2018

A recent Supreme Court judgment has confirmed it is not necessary to obtain a court order before clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) is removed from patients with a prolonged disorder of consciousness, where healthcare professionals and family members agree that this is in the patient's best interests.

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Government updates national child protection guidance

3 August 2018

GPs already play a vital role in identifying children at risk and should know how to respond if they suspect abuse is taking place, in accordance with local and national guidelines.

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What foundation doctors need to know

25 July 2018

Dr Ellie Mein shares some of the most common reasons foundation doctors call the MDU, and explains what you can do if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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Tips for foundation doctors from the MDU

11 April 2018

Five tips for foundation doctors.

child protection
Reporting child abuse is an ethical, not legal, duty – says MDU

8 March 2018

The Government has decided not to introduce a new legal duty to report suspected child abuse, after consulting widely among healthcare bodies.

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Hugs from patients raise personal boundary dilemma

12 February 2018

After a member faced an awkward encounter, we advise on whether it is okay to hug or be hugged by a patient.

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Contraceptive complications

3 November 2017

Contraception is a very common reason for women to consult their doctors; in a small number of cases, problems can arise.

overseas patients
Treating overseas visitors in primary care – your questions answered

10 August 2017

The rules governing treating overseas visitors from outside the EU have been amended

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New GMC guidance on professional indemnity

10 March 2017

Doctors are legally obliged to have adequate and appropriate indemnity in place from the moment they start practising in the UK. The good news is that MDU membership provides access to indemnity that meets the legal requirements.