The MDU is a not-for-profit, mutual organisation wholly dedicated to our members’ interests. Our team is led and staffed by doctors with real-life experience of the pressures and challenges faced in practice.
Since 1885, we have been indemnifying doctors for incidents arising from their clinical care of patients. We are proud of our heritage, but we are always looking forward, shaping our products and services to meet the changing needs of the medical profession.
We offer our members expert guidance, personal support and robust defence in addressing medico-legal issues, complaints and claims. Our customised services range from legal assistance to indemnity to appropriate CPD.
We work on behalf of our members to influence the medico-legal climate and make a positive change to the key areas that affect the profession and practice.
From campaigning for fairer compensation to consulting on more efficient regulatory processes, we are active in defending our members' needs.
Find out more about our key campaigns:
GPs can expect to be sued four times during a 40 year career, though very few are likely to be found negligent, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) revealed today as it called for a solution to the compensation crisis
The MDU has successfully supported a doctor at the Court of Appeal in a case which upheld a fitness to practise tribunal finding
New joint guidance to help doctors and medical students with reflection has been issued today by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans, the General Medical Council and the Medical Schools Council.
Some claimant’s lawyers are still recovering legal costs that are more than double the compensation their clients receive in clinical negligence cases
The Medical Defence Union (MDU) revealed it supported UK medical and dental members with 40,000 requests for advice and support in 2017