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.
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Doctors using instant messaging apps to communicate with colleagues are being advised to check their organisation’s policy and to avoid sharing patient identifiable information. The Medical Defence Union (MDU) issued the advice in its Student Notes journal, but says the advice is applicable to qualified doctors too.
The Medical Defence Union (MDU) welcomes a new Bill giving legal backing for the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and providing healthcare staff with a safe space to speak freely to investigators.
The Medical Defence Union is calling on healthcare leaders to ensure a just culture within their workplace to ensure doctors are not unfairly singled out for blame when things go wrong.
Figures released today by the Medical Defence Union in its annual report for 2018, show the introduction of transitional benefits membership with its lower subscription costs, led to 40% fewer GP members retiring during 2018 compared to 2017.
Today’s announcement by the Lord Chancellor that the personal injury discount rate for lump sum compensation payments will be increased to -0.25% is too little too late, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) said today.