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Medical manslaughter investigations under the spotlight

21 April 2017

Doctors undergoing a medical manslaughter investigation can be under scrutiny for many months, if not years, a senior Medical Defence Union solicitor will explain at a Royal Society of Medicine event today.

MDU highlights changes to NHS Scotland Complaints Handling Procedure

30 March 2017

From 1st April 2017, all NHS patient complaints in Scotland should be managed in accordance with the new NHS Scotland Complaints Handling Procedure.

MDU calls on Scottish government to protect GPs

28 March 2017

A government Order, which comes into force today, will substantially increase compensation payments for clinical negligence claims.

GPs warned about spinal nerve condition after MDU pays £12.5 million in compensation and legal fees

20 March 2017

GPs are being warned about the importance of a prompt diagnosis of a condition which causes compression to nerve roots below the end of the spinal cord, to avoid patients suffering long term disability.

MDU responds to discount rate change

28 February 2017

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) says yesterday's announcement by the Lord Chancellor that she intends to lower the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75% will lead to a dramatic increase in the cost of indemnifying its members.

Doctors upset by online ratings, given advice by MDU

14 February 2017

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has issued advice to the increasing number of doctors distressed by negative reviews on online ratings sites.

MDU offers advice for GPs with health problems as new service launches

30 January 2017

With today’s announcement by NHS England of the launch of a free, confidential mental health service for GPs, the MDU has issued advice for GPs suffering from stress or burnout.

Caps on legal fees long overdue, says MDU

30 January 2017

Responding to today’s announcement by the Department of Health of its proposals to impose fixed limits on the fees charged by lawyers in lower value medical negligence claims, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) said that the proposed reforms, while welcome, will not go far enough to make a meaningful difference to the overall burden of clinical negligence litigation on the NHS.

Keep it confidential MDU reminds doctors as GMC guidance published

25 January 2017

Queries about confidentiality are one of the top reasons for doctors to call the Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK's leading medical defence organisation revealed today, to coincide with the publication of the GMC's revised guidance on the subject.

MDU pays over £30 million in compensation for GP out-of-hours claims

23 January 2017

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has paid out well over £30 million in compensation and legal costs on behalf of GP members working in out-of-hours and unscheduled care settings over a three year period.