The Medical Defence Union (MDU) is working with doctors to answer any medico-legal queries about coronavirus (COVID-19).

We know that during these unprecedented times, our members are focusing on looking after patients. We want to reassure you that the MDU is on hand to answer any medico-legal queries and we will make every effort to ensure we continue to provide a high level of service.

We understand you may have questions about the developing situation and we aim to provide answers and guidance on these pages as soon as we have full details from DHSC and the GMC.

Are you a permanently retired member and would like to return to practice temporarily during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Doctors who are permanently retired can reactivate their MDU membership for three months at no additional cost. Simply fill out our online form.

Our medico-legal advice about the COVID-19 outbreak will be regularly updated as the situation develops.

Please also keep an eye on our social media channels where we’ll be sharing regular updates.

If you need guidance on a specific medico-legal issue, you can call our medico-legal advisers on 0800 716 646.


This guidance was correct at publication 18/03/2020. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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