Press releases

MDU launches new member app

2 July 2018

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has today launched their new app.

Reduced priced subscriptions welcomed by GPs, MDU survey results show

27 June 2018

Around three quarters (73%) of 404 GPs taking part in a Medical Defence Union (MDU) survey* about indemnity costs say the MDU's introduction of Transitional Benefits membership with reduced priced subscriptions has improved the prospect they will continue working.

MDU supports draft patient safety body bill

20 June 2018

The Medical Defence Union gave a cautious welcome to the draft Bill intended to give legal powers to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB).

MDU hopeful Williams' review recommendations will lead to fewer manslaughter investigations

11 June 2018

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) said today it was hopeful the recommendations made in the Williams' review of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare will lead to fewer needless investigations of doctors.

MDU reassured by Court of Appeal ruling that Ombudsman's decisions must be fair and just

16 March 2018

A recent Court of Appeal judgment has criticised the fairness and scope of the former Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s procedure for investigating clinical complaints against doctors and other healthcare staff.

Hugging a patient could land doctors in hot water, MDU advises

12 February 2018

While the doctor-patient relationship can be an intimate one, a medical defence organisation is advising doctors this Valentine’s week about the dangers of overstepping boundaries when comforting patients with a hug.

House of Lords interested in restoring balance to NHS clinical negligence claims

1 February 2018

The MDU welcomes a government commitment to look at ways to address the uncontrolled cost of clinical negligence.

Don't increase sentences for medical manslaughter, urges MDU

29 January 2018

Doctors convicted of gross negligence manslaughter could face more severe sentences, under plans being considered by the body that sets sentencing guidelines.

Free up healthcare regulators to do their job better, MDU urges

17 January 2018

The GMC and other regulators of healthcare professionals need to be given greater flexibility so they can become more efficient and responsive to the changing regulatory environment, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) said today.

MDU successful in appeal against Ombudsman for considering out-of-time GP complaint

22 December 2017

In a judgement handed down in the High Court*, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's (PHSO) decision to entertain an out-of-time complaint against a GP practice was found to be unreasonable and was quashed.