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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.

Doctors advised by MDU on duty of confidentiality when dealing with injuries from weapons

5 June 2018

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has today published advice outlining doctors’ duty of confidentiality when encountering patients who have sustained injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows.

MDU and HLA team up to support doctors with leadership skills

30 May 2018

With the recent revelation that 90% of NHS trusts in England have a gender pay gap, the Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK’s leading indemnifier of doctors, has teamed up with the Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA), to ensure its members benefit equally from expert leadership training.

MDU welcomes introduction of state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in Wales

14 May 2018

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) welcomes the announcement by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, that the Welsh government will introduce a state-backed scheme to provide clinical negligence indemnity for GPs and primary healthcare staff in Wales from April 2019.

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