New partnership provides discounted indemnity for doctors working in occupational medicine


For immediate release: Friday, 22 June 2018

MDDUS is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) to provide cost effective indemnity membership benefits for doctors working in occupational medicine.

MDDUS has developed membership grades that will mean members of both the SOM and MDDUS benefit from a five per cent discount in their indemnity membership subscription on an already very competitive subscription level.

MDDUS Director of Development David Sturgeon said: “We are delighted to be chosen as SOM’s preferred indemnity partner and look forward to building a long-term relationship that will benefit our mutual members. We believe membership will provide lifelong peace of mind and excellent value to MDDUS and SOM members.”

SOM President Dr Paul Williams said: “We are also delighted to be working with MDDUS to offer greater value to SOM members.”

Occupational medicine doctors will be able to take advantage of ‘claims’ or ‘non-claims’ membership, depending on their circumstances.

Mr Sturgeon added: “Claims membership provides access to indemnity for claims brought by individuals and/or the companies that employ them as a result of a doctor’s assessment of individuals. Non-claims membership, meanwhile, is for occupational medicine doctors who do not require indemnity for claims because they are protected by an employer’s indemnity arrangements.

“Members can also seek 24/7 advice and support with medico-legal and ethical scenarios, regulatory matters, complaints and certain criminal investigations that might arise from professional practice.”

In order to provide access to claims membership, MDDUS generally requires members to be on the relevant GMC specialist register or on the GP register. Recognising that occupational health physicians may come from a range of clinical backgrounds, we will consider applications from doctors who are not on the GP or specialist register.

As a guide, doctors would be expected to hold at least the diploma in occupational health and be able to demonstrate two years’ experience of working in occupational medicine.

Mr Sturgeon said: “Membership of MDDUS continues to provide a comprehensive range of benefits. We seek to evolve our products to keep pace with the changing market while remaining committed to providing a high-quality, responsive and personal service and championing the best interests of our members.”

To take advantage of this offer – please email or call 078505 07780 or visit the MDDUS website to complete the online application form.


For further information contact Richard Hendry on 0333 0434444 or 07976 272266, or email

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.

The Society of Occupational Medicine is the UK organisation for all healthcare professionals working in or with an interest in occupational health. We are concerned with: the protection of the health of people in the workplace; the prevention of occupational injuries and disease; and related environmental issues. The Society stimulates interest and research in occupational medicine and works with the government, the healthcare community, health charities and other bodies to promote a healthier workforce. It also acts as the voice of occupational medicine, responding to consultative documents and media enquiries on issues affecting the speciality. A national leader in providing continued professional development and education for all doctors and healthcare professionals working in occupational health, it is also a forum for the exchange of ideas, best practice and networking opportunities. For more information please visit

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