How would you cope in the media spotlight?
- By: Dawn Boyall, Matthew Lee
How would you manage the full glare of the media if you were involved in a high profile case and journalists were pursuing you? Dawn Boyall and Matthew Lee from the Medical Defence Union have some practical advice
While many doctors hope it will never happen to them, figures produced by the Medical Defence Union (MDU) reveal that more and more doctors are being approached by journalists investigating accusations about care or treatment. Last year the MDU answered 160 new requests for help from members contacted by the media for comment about a patient's care or treatment. This represents a 25% increase on 2002, when 130 members asked for help.
The calls came from doctors involved in a range of cases that were hitting the headlines. Some sought advice because they found themselves the subject of national newspaper campaigns, while others were facing General Medical Council hearings and needed advice