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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.

Doctors concerned about DVLA requests, says MDU as new GMC confidentiality guidance published

24 April 2017

Queries about confidentiality are one of the top reasons doctors call the Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK's leading medical defence organisation revealed today.

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.