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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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.
Urgent action is needed to tackle the enormous strain being placed on the NHS by the unaffordable rise in costs of clinical negligence claims, the Medical Defence Union said today.
The Medical Defence Union is coming to the aid of stressed out GP practice teams with the launch of a free employee assistance helpline for members of its practice group scheme.
A joint statement from healthcare regulators including the GMC, on the benefits of being a reflective practitioner, has been welcomed by the Medical Defence Union (MDU).