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MDU supporting members during the Covid-19 outbreak

The Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK’s leading medical defence organisation, announced today its support for retired members with a package of benefits to help them return to work during the Covid-19 outbreak.

This follows news that the GMC is offering temporary registration to 15,000 doctors who left the register or gave up their license to practise in the last three years.

The MDU support for retired doctors returning to practice during the Covid-19 outbreak includes:

  • Free membership for retired members who wish to return to practice. They can reactivate their MDU membership by completing our online form.
  • Regularly updated medico-legal advice about the Covid-19 outbreak on the MDU’s website and a dedicated hub with frequently asked questions.
  • Expert medico-legal guidance on our advisory helpline for members who have individual queries.

Dr Matthew Lee, head of professional services, said:

‘We know that during these unprecedented times, our members are focusing on looking after patients. The package of support we have announced is aimed at allowing returning doctors to focus on their key role during the outbreak. Members can be reassured they can call for advice at any time and we are there to support them if medico-legal issues arise.

‘Retired doctors coming back into practice will be indemnified for claims by the NHS but may need support with other issues such as complaints or coroners’ inquests. We want to reassure members that the MDU is on hand to answer their medico-legal queries and we are continuing to provide a high level of service.’


The MDU is a not-for-profit 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.

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.



Dawn Boyall, Jessica Hammonds, Fernanda Nidecker in the MDU’s press office

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