MDDUS recruits new adviser as membership continues to grow

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Medical defence organisation MDDUS has recruited a new adviser in their London office, as membership continues to grow throughout the UK.

Dr Greg Dollman joins the London medico-legal team at MDDUS, bringing the number of new staff recruited across the company since the beginning of last year to 27.

MDDUS has enjoyed more than a decade of undiminished growth and is reporting a 75 per cent increase in active membership since the year 2000.

Figures from the company’s annual report of 2013 reveal that 58 per cent of MDDUS members are now based outside of Scotland, while their GP market share in the rest of the UK has increased from 7 per cent in 2000 to 22 per cent in 2014.

Membership also increased among private physicians, hospital doctors and general dental practitioners. As of July 1 2014, total membership stood at 38,634, a rise of 9.8 per cent over the previous year, with this number estimated to exceed 40,000 by the end of 2014.

To meet the needs of this growing membership, MDDUS has continued to expand its team of medical advisers and lawyers in both Glasgow and London.

MDDUS Chief Executive Professor Gordon Dickson said: “We have seen continued growth among GPs practising outside of Scotland while, at the same time, retaining in membership the overwhelming majority of GPs north of the border.

“We know from work we commissioned from a national market research company that two key factors influence doctors or dentists in their choice of defence body – price and immediate access to professional advice.

“MDDUS has endeavoured to get both of these right for members, maintaining a competitive pricing structure and providing an efficient and personalised service of advice and legal support. “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.”

Dr Dollman, who has clinical experience in psychiatry and gerontology, began his role as medico-legal adviser last month and said: “I am delighted to join the dynamic team here at MDDUS and look forward to the challenge of providing doctors with 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.