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Medical Defence Organisations

Medical Defence Union and Dental Defence Union

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) is led and staffed by doctors and dentists. They are a medical defence organisation in specialising in medicolegal and dento-legal issues, complaints and claims. The Dental Defence Union is part of the MDU. 

You can call the MDU or DDU for guidance, support and defence whenever you are in difficulty. 


MDU Services Limited
One Canada Square
London E14 5GS

Telephone: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, 0800 716 646

Find out more here.


The Dental Defence Union
One Canada Square
London E14 5GS

Telephone: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, 0800 374 626

Find out more here

Medical Protection Society

Medical Protection Society (MPS) is a member-owned, not-for-profit protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals.

Their in-house experts can assist members with the wide range of legal and ethical problems that can arise from their professional practice. This can include assistance with clinical negligence claims, complaints, medical and dental council inquiries, legal and ethical dilemmas, disciplinary procedures, inquests and fatal accident inquiries.

Their philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping members to avert problems in the first place. They do this by promoting risk management through their workshops, e-learning, clinical risk assessments, publications, conferences, lectures and presentations. They also actively campaign for regulatory and legal reforms that benefit members and the wider healthcare professions.

Telephone: 0800 136 759 (general enquiries) or 0800 561 9000 (membership enquiries) 


Medical Protection Society
Level 19
The Shard
32 London Bridge Street

Medical Protection Society
Victoria House
2 Victoria Place
LS11 5AE

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British Medical Association Support Service

Doctors who face GMC investigations or licence withdrawal have access to a confidential service from the British Medical Association. The Doctor support service offers emotional help from fellow doctors and functions independently of the GMC. The service is available to all doctors.

Telephone: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, 020 7383 6707

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Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) is a mutual defence organisation founded by and for healthcare professionals, with an expert staff of doctors, dentists, lawyers and risk advisers who are leaders in the medico-legal and dento-legal fields. The UK wide mutual indemnity organisation provides members with a comprehensive range of cover that includes:

  • indemnity and support against legal action brought by patients against specialists in private practice;
  • access to medical and dental legal advisory services;
  • cover for assisting at emergencies and other occasions such as unpaid hospice work;
  • experienced legal representation at fatal accident inquiries and coroner's Inquest;
  • professional advice and legal representation at GMC and GDC proceedings;
  • advice and indemnity cover for the preparation of reports and expert opinions;
  • representation at local disciplinary proceedings.

Telephone: 0333 043 4444 

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland
Mackintosh House
120 Blythswood Street
Glasgow G2 4EA

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