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MDU says discount rate proposals won't solve the problem of unaffordable GP indemnity costs

7 September 2017

The MDU gave a cautious welcome to proposals to reform the way the discount rate is calculated

MDU welcomes NAO finding that more needs to be done to control spiralling litigation

7 September 2017

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has today welcomed the findings of an investigation into spiralling clinical negligence costs carried out by the National Audit Office (NAO).

MDU says only 15% of claims against doctors succeed

10 August 2017

An outdated and adversarial legal system is leading to doctors and patients having to endure considerable stress and anxiety caused by medical negligence claims, yet few succeed, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) said today.

Good Samaritan doctors given advice on avoiding risks by MDU

6 July 2017

Doctors who help out in an emergency while off-duty or on holiday are being advised to make a detailed record of the incident, to explain their actions to the patient, if possible and to have a chaperone if they can, for any physical examination.

One third of GPs responding to MDU survey say they will quit NHS over indemnity costs

25 June 2017

A third (32%) of 846 GPs responding to a survey on professional indemnity say they are considering leaving the profession or retiring because they cannot afford the increased cost, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) revealed today.

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.