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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.

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.

Legal reform needed to tackle rising NHS compensation costs, says MDU

16 January 2018

The MDU has responded to the BBC's report today on the rising cost of NHS clinical negligence claims.

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.

MDU figures show increase in GPs retiring earlier as indemnity costs bite

20 December 2017

Figures from the leading medical indemnifier of UK GPs, the Medical Defence Union (MDU), show that around 40% of its GPs members are retiring before age 60.

35% drop in GMC complaints reaching full investigation is good news for doctors, says MDU

19 December 2017

The number of complaints reported to the GMC that reached a full scale investigation dropped by more than 35% in five years, according to a new report from the GMC.

MDU supports call for urgent Government action on spiralling clinical negligence costs

1 December 2017

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) said a report calling on the Government to get a grip on the spiralling costs of clinical negligence claims means the problem can no longer be ignored.