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Doctors advised on dealing with 'intrusive' social media advances

5 December 2016

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) says that the availability of social media means doctors are more accessible to patients who want more than a professional relationship.

MDU welcomes GMC's recognition of intense pressure on doctors

27 October 2016

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) welcomes the GMC’s recognition of the intense pressure doctors are under and the measures it has taken to reduce the need for full scale investigations, to speed up the process and reduce the stress on those involved.

Mandatory reporting of child abuse not the answer: MDU

13 October 2016

Registered healthcare professionals already have strict professional guidance that requires them to act on concerns about child abuse. The MDU says that introducing a legal duty for doctors to report and follow up reporting of child abuse is unnecessary, and may be to the detriment of children by introducing a delay.

MDU urges treasury to address compensation crisis

21 September 2016

The Treasury should take urgent action to address the clinical negligence crisis to boost funds available to the NHS and to provide respite for GPs from indemnity costs, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) said today.

Only one in five medical claims result in compensation being paid, MDU annual report reveals

11 August 2016

Doctors are feeling the pressure from the current adversarial climate where complaints and claims are common, but the Medical Defence Union (MDU) revealed that it is defending more negligence claims successfully.

Communications skills are key for new junior doctors, says MDU

1 August 2016

As recently qualified doctors embark on their new roles as FY1 doctors this week, the Medical Defence Union (MDU)'s Dr Kathryn Leask has offered advice to junior doctors on surviving those first few weeks.

MDU welcomes indemnity relief for GPs

28 July 2016

Today's review of GP indemnity by the Department of Health and NHS England should provide GPs with relief from the unsustainable increases in the cost of indemnity driven by spiralling litigation, says the Medical Defence Union (MDU).

NHS faces compensation time bomb as clinical negligence liabilities double - says MDU

21 July 2016

The NHS Litigation Authority, the body which pays compensation on behalf of English hospitals, has reported its provisions for hospital clinical negligence claims have almost doubled since last year to £56.4 billion, reaching record levels.