Medical Defence Union (MDU)

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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Coronavirus pandemic leads to increase in queries to MDU’s employment advice line

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increasing number of GPs and practice staff contacting the Medical Defence Union’s (MDU) free employment law advice line for support and advice on issues including personal conduct, sick leave and staff grievances. From the first national lockdown in March 2020 until February 2021, the advice line, which the… Read more »

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MDU welcomes proposals to reform GMC fitness to practise process

The MDU welcomes the publication of long-awaited government proposals to streamline the way healthcare professionals are regulated. Reacting to the publication today of the government consultation on Regulating professionals, protecting the public Dr Caroline Fryar, MDU head of advisory services, said: “For many years the MDU has been calling for the GMC to be given the necessary powers… Read more »