Doctors re-assured over in-flight medical emergencies

Doctors are being reassured they can step forward with confidence to assist with the increasing number of in-flight medical emergencies.

The MDU reassurance follows last week’s Lancet study of medical incidents on commercial flights.

The MDU reminded doctors that they have an ethical duty to offer assistance in an emergency and reassured its members that they have worldwide cover for claims arising from Good Samaritan acts.

Dr Emma Cuzner, MDU medico-legal adviser, said: ‘The authors of the Lancet study point out that there is no legal requirement for doctors to volunteer in an emergency in the UK but doctors have an ethical duty to help.

‘The chances of a claim against a doctor who steps forward to assist in this way are extremely rare and MDU members with insurance policies are reassured they have worldwide insurance cover for claims arising from Good Samaritan acts.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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