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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.

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.

Government working party should tackle runaway legal costs, says MDU

15 February 2018

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) said today that the establishment of a Civil Justice Council working group to consider fixed legal costs in clinical negligence claims is a positive step in tackling runaway legal costs.

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.

MDU welcomes government review of manslaughter cases following Dr Bawa-Garba case

6 February 2018

The MDU welcomed today's announcement by Jeremy Hunt of a 'rapid review' into the application of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare.