UK medical defence organisation the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has appointed Dr Hugh Stewart as professional services director. Stewart takes over from Dr Matthew Lee, who is now the MDU’s new chief executive.
In his new role, Stewart will be responsible for key MDU services, including 24-hour medico and dento-legal advice and assistance, claims handling and in-house legal teams as well as the MDU’s clinical risk management services.
A former GP partner and law lecturer, he has worked in a number of roles at the MDU, most recently as director of legal services and director of Scottish affairs, where he oversaw a move to entirely paperless legal working and substantial growth in the number of the MDU’s GP, consultant and dental members .
Commenting on the role, Stewart said: ‘I am very pleased to be appointed professional services director and look forward to continuing Matt’s achievements in developing the services we provide to doctors and dentists across the UK. I am proud to lead such an outstanding professional services team and I consider it a privilege to be in a position to serve and support our members who are currently facing unprecedented pressures.’
Dr Matthew Lee, chief executive of MDU, added: ‘I’m delighted that Hugh will be taking over from me as professional services director. He is experienced in both law and medicine and has extensive knowledge of the MDU’s work as well as a deep commitment to our members. As such, I am confident that Hugh will ensure the continuing success of the MDU’s professional services team in the years ahead.’