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:
The Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, has made it easier for doctors, nurses and other members to prove their membership status to an employer via the MDU app.
A survey commissioned by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) of 2,108 UK adults has found that 70% think doctors, dentists and other NHS staff involved in providing treatment to patients during the Covid-19 pandemic should be able to do so without the risk of the NHS being sued for negligence.
The Medical Defence Union (MDU), a membership body offering indemnity and medico-legal support to doctors and dental professionals, has appointed David Pranklin as its new head of claims handling. David succeeds Jill Harding, who led the department for 17 years and recently retired.
The MDU has a package of benefits to support members when they most need it.
We explain why legal reform is needed urgently to stop spiralling increases in compensation claims.