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New research provides hope for improved support for surgeons involved in clinical errors, according to MDU

16 June 2017

Some surgeons can feel unprepared to deal with adverse events or know the best way to assist colleagues who have experienced a traumatic event, according to an article in the latest Medical Defence Union (MDU) journal.

Doctors in Scotland get legal protection when apologising, explains MDU

12 June 2017

Doctors in Scotland are being given legal protection when apologising to patients, the Medical Defence Union (MDU), explained today.

Newly qualified GPs may quit general practice over indemnity costs, MDU survey finds

1 June 2017

Initial results from an MDU survey of GPs about indemnity has revealed that even recently qualified GPs are thinking about a change of career because of the rising cost of indemnity.

More work needed on scheme for severe birth injuries says MDU

30 May 2017

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) supports the early notification and investigation of cases where babies have brain damage so they can be given support.

MDU launches campaign to save general practice from compensation cost rises

15 May 2017

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has launched a Save General Practice campaign to ask for urgent government support for GPs who are facing the potentially devastating impact of a massive increase in the size of clinical negligence claims.

MDU says discount rate law must change

11 May 2017

The Medical Defence Union says the law governing the discount rate* is not fit for purpose and the new Government must change it.

Majority of GPs concerned about being sued following a critical online patient review

9 May 2017

Medical professionals are becoming increasingly concerned by negative reviews published on online ratings sites according to new research published by the UK's leading medical defence organisation.

MDU offers indemnity savings for newly qualified GPs

3 May 2017

Newly qualified GPs could save more than £3,500 on the costs of indemnity in their first year of practice alone, the Medical Defence Union announced today.

Fix legal fees to help protect doctors from adverse compensation culture, MDU says

2 May 2017

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) is calling on the government to introduce mandatory fixed limits on legal fees charged by lawyers in medical negligence claims and proposing that the scope of the scheme should be far broader than initially suggested.

MDU encouraged by fewer needless GMC investigations

24 April 2017

Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services at the MDU, responds to news that the number of GMC investigations decreased by more than 800 in 2016.