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The MDU is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation owned by its members — doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Ever since opening for business in 1885, we have been the leading medical defence organisation in the UK.

We defend the professional reputations of our members when their clinical performance is called into question. We may also pay damages to patients who have been avoidably harmed by medical negligence during their treatment.

There for members, not just in times of crisis

Besides providing medical defence, our 24-hour medico-legal advisory service and experienced risk management team are able to help members with a wide range of medico-legal and ethical issues such as:

  • Confidentiality
  • Consent
  • Ethics
  • Compliance
  • Risk management

The best of both worlds
Some medical defence organisations offer medico-legal advice and financial support on purely discretionary basis. A right to ask for support but not the right to receive it.

The MDU is the only UK medical defence organisation to offer the security of an insurance policy, underwritten by SCOR UK Company Limited and by International Insurance Company of Hannover Limited, with the additional support and flexibility of traditional discretionary benefits. That is a contractual commitment — a right not only to ask but also to receive*.

With the UK's largest team of doctors providing 24-hour medico-legal advice, the security of an insurance policy and over 100 years experience, more doctors in the UK choose the MDU than all of the other medical defence organisations put together.

To find out more about what the MDU can do for you click here.

* subject to the terms and conditions of the policy