MDDUS recruits new advisers to meet growing membership

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Medical defence organisation MDDUS has recruited three additional advisers to meet the continued growth in members throughout the UK.

Medical adviser Dr Naeem Nazem begins his role with MDDUS this week and he joins recent new recruits Dr Caroline Osborne-White and Dr Richard Brittain in the MDDUS medical division in London, where they will provide medico-legal advice and support for members.

MDDUS has enjoyed more than a decade of undiminished growth and now has more members south of the border than in Scotland, with its market share in England almost doubling in the last six years. Figures from last year show almost 17% of GPs in England are now members of MDDUS compared with around 9% in 2006.

Chief executive Professor Gordon Dickson believes there are a number of reasons why more and more doctors are choosing to join MDDUS. “We recently commissioned a national market research study that found, among other things, the key factors influencing doctors or dentists in their choice of defence body were price and immediate access to professional advice,” says Professor Dickson.

“We have focused on getting both of these right and have been able to maintain a competitive pricing structure and provide members with a personalised service when they contact us.

“Increased membership brings with it an inevitable increase in cases and we have expanded our team of advisers in our London office to ensure we continue to offer members the very best service.”

New adviser Dr Osborne-White, a former GP and medical defence paralegal, has previous medico-legal experience and said: “I am excited to be part of a growing company and am really looking forward to the challenge of providing support and advice for our members.” Dr Brittain began working in medical law in 2008 and combines his role at MDDUS with his duties as an assistant deputy coroner.

“There is such a wide range of reasons why doctors contact their medical defence organisation – from dealing with patient complaints to medical negligence claims,” adds Dr Brittain. “I am very much looking forward to being part of a dynamic team that offers doctors the best support and advice.”

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For further information contact Richard Hendry on 0845 270 2034 or 07976 272266, or email rihendry@mddus.com.

Note to editors

MDDUS (The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland) is a medical and dental defence organisation providing access to professional indemnity and expert medico- and dento-legal advice for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals throughout the UK. For further information on MDDUS go to www.mddus.com.

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