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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.

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.