MDDUS welcomes GMC report Caring for Doctors, Caring for Patients


For immediate release: Friday, 15 November 2019

Dr John Holden, Head of Medical Division at the medical defence organisation MDDUS, welcomed the GMC report Caring for Doctors, Caring for Patients, and said:

“This review by Professor Michael West and Dame Denise Coia is a welcome and timely intervention in the evolving discussion on factors which impact on the mental health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students in the UK.

“It has produced a set of recommendations that could, in our opinion, be the catalyst for transformative change in the workplace culture experienced by medical professionals.

“We embrace the GMC’s concern about the impact of current workloads on doctors’ wellbeing and mental health, and the potential knock-on effect this can have on patient safety.

“MDDUS provides our members with medico-legal advice and assistance and we welcome the inclusion in the report of an excellent and comprehensive list of organisations providing support and advice to doctors, compiled by the British Medical Association, to which we can signpost our members, as an addition to our own services.”


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