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Step forward for safe spaces welcomed by MDU

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has welcomed a vote in the House of Lords to strengthen the ‘safe-space’ provisions under which healthcare professionals can take part in investigations that take place following a patient safety incident. Dr Matthew Lee, MDU chief executive said: “The need to move away from a culture of blame, to one… Read more »

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MDU initiative sees foundation doctor members raise over £30,000 for the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the Doctors’ Support Network

Foundation Year 1 members (FY1) of the Medical Defence Union (MDU) have raised over £30,000 which will be divided between the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the Doctors’ Support Network, two charities which provide health, wellbeing and financial support to doctors and medical students across the UK. The MDU reduced the first-year subscription from £10 to £5 for… Read more »

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Dance drug mephedrone is sold as plant food
New resignation over mephedrone ruling

By politics.co.uk staff Another member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has resigned, adding another chapter to the beleaguered group’s problematic relationship with government. Eric Carlin, former chairman of the English Drug Education Forum, said he was disillusioned with the way the decision to ban mephedrone was taken due to media… Read more »

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Police seizures fail to stop flow of cocaine
Cocaine strategy ‘woefully inadequate’

By politics.co.uk staff The strategy to stop cocaine getting into Britain is “woefully inadequate” and “deeply unambitious”, according to an influential group of MPs. The home affairs committee said little had been done to prevent the drug’s “ready availability” on British streets. The report follows tough words from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of… Read more »