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Doctors warned by MDU about patients selling prescribed drugs online

23 April 2018

The Medical Defence Union, the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, is warning doctors to be aware of an emerging trend where drugs prescribed to patients appear for sale online.

Doctors in Scotland advised on new duty of candour by MDU

31 March 2018

From 1 April 2018, a statutory duty of candour will be in place in Scotland requiring healthcare organisations to be open and honest with patients when something goes wrong and to offer them an apology, explains the Medical Defence Union (MDU).

Clearer guidance for Coroners should mean fewer manslaughter investigations, MDU says

27 March 2018

There should be clearer guidance for Coroners, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to prevent doctors being needlessly put through a gross negligence manslaughter investigation, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) said today.

MDU gives cautious welcome to Bill to change way discount rate set

20 March 2018

Measures to change the way the personal injury discount rate is set were announced by the Ministry of Justice today.

MDU responds to publication of terms of reference for manslaughter review

16 March 2018

Responding to the GMC's announcement of the terms of reference for the gross negligence manslaughter review

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.