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MDDUS welcomes government debate on indemnity

MDDUS welcomes today’s planned Westminster Hall debate on GP indemnity costs in England and believes reform is needed to protect patients and healthcare professionals.

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MDDUS urges Lord Chancellor to pause the discount rate change - and advises the Scottish Government to learn from UK mistakes

Commenting further on the impact on the NHS and individual clinicians in general following the Lord Chancellor’s decision to reduce the discount rate, MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny said:

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MDDUS plays leading role in strengthening new GMC guidance

MDDUS is pleased the GMC has addressed its concerns on how “adequate and appropriate indemnity and insurance” is interpreted as part of the updated guidance Insurance, indemnity and medico-legal support launched today.

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Discount rate announcement threatens higher cost to doctors and dentists - MDDUS vows to explore all options to help members

The Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss, has today announced a cut to the discount rate applied to personal injury claims from 2.5% to -0.75%.

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Practices must have relevant licences to play music

Dentists playing music in their practice must have relevant licences, or risk legal proceedings.

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MDDUS respond to health questions exchange

Commenting on the exchange between health secretary Jeremy Hunt and John Pugh MP at health questions today, MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny said: 

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MDDUS seek swift, decisive and joined-up action on government consultation

Responding to today’s launch of the Department of Health’s consultation Introducing Fixed Recoverable Costs in Lower Value Clinical Negligence Claims, MDDUS CEO Chris Kenny said:

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Fitness to practise reform vital to reduce stress on dentists

UK-wide dental defence organisation MDDUS believes patients and dentists will benefit if reform proposals from the General Dental Council are implemented swiftly, fairly and consistently.

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Proposed 'safe space' needs further work before implementation

MDDUS believes the proposed development of a ‘safe space’ in healthcare safety investigations requires further definition as interventions which are high on rhetoric and low on detailed statutory and implementation planning run risk of being counter-productive.

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Doctors to adopt patient-centric approach to consent

UK-wide medical defence organisation MDDUS is reminding doctors to adopt a patient-centric approach to the consenting process.

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