MDDUS launches support for retired members to help tackle coronavirus

Retired doctors returning to work as part of the NHS coronavirus response are being given active membership and legal support for free by the medical defence mutual, MDDUS.

MDDUS has also radically simplified and shortened the formal re-joining process for its 7000 retired members who want to play a part in the national effort to manage the escalating coronavirus challenge.

All practising doctors are legally required to hold indemnity cover against claims of negligence. This will be funded by Government for retired doctors providing services to boost NHS capability.

But returning doctors could face other risks. That’s why “MDDUS Coronavirus Support” is being put in place. This product will initially run until August and will stay in place for as long as it is needed.

It includes support and expert advice on ethical and legal issues that fall outside NHS indemnity cover, including regulatory tribunals; inquests and fatal accident inquiries..

The Coronavirus Support product is designed to be reactive to the fast-changing environment and can be revised by MDDUS should the General Medical Council issue new general guidance to doctors on managing the coronavirus..

MDDUS’ free active membership offer to all of its retired membership takes just one call to its membership hotline to activate.

MDDUS is now also exploring how it can develop a similar, free support offer for its student members if they are asked to step up.

Dr John Holden, head of medical division at MDDUS, said: “The NHS is facing its biggest challenge this century and we are determined to play our part in encouraging and enabling health care professionals to manage the threat posed by Covid-19.

“Medical Defence Organisations provide their membership with discretionary indemnity. I cannot think of a better way to exercise this discretion than by immediately removing all barriers to retired, and if necessary student, doctors joining the national effort to manage this escalating challenge facing the country.”


For further information contact Alison Hardie on 07501 421 398 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. For further information on MDDUS go to

MDDUS has an established policy of covering its members during extraordinary events. Membership normally extends to worldwide humanitarian events for those members who have an active fee paying grade of membership that includes a component of indemnity.

Such events have recently included the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece and Turkey and helping patients in developing nations.

Retired membership wanting to take advantage of the Coronavirus Support product should call 0333 043 0000.

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