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Latest updates and advice

  • MDU journal spring 2019

    A new online resource explores and supports the concept of second victims among healthcare professionals involved in adverse clinical incidents.

  • MDU journal winter 2018

    Emergency departments are like a canary in the mine for the NHS, says the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

  • Tips for a trouble-free festive period

    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.

  • MDU journal summer 2018

    Mediation can get both sides talking again when conflicts arise.

  • MDU journal spring 2018

    Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.

  • Introduction to the GDPR for independent practitioners

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the UK on 25 May 2018.

  • MDU journal summer 2017

    Members of the MDU's expert team share their top tips on risk-management and traversing some common medico-legal issues.

  • MDU advice on NHS cyberattack

    In response to news of a cyber attack on some NHS systems, we offer some advice.

  • Referral management centres FAQs

    The MDU continues to receive calls from members with queries about dealing with referral management centres. Here we answer some of the frequently asked questions posed by members.

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