The UK Government has announced plans to develop a medical indemnity scheme for GP’s in England to provide stable and cost -effective medical malpractice insurance.
The plans announced by the government to launch a state backed medical indemnity scheme are designed to protect GP’s from the continuing and rising cost of medical negligence claims.
The development of the scheme is in it’s very early stages with the government in talks with the the four medical defence unions currently providing the indemnity as to how best to deliver the protection and achieve the objectives that any new scheme should;
- meet the needs of current and future GPs
- be in the interest of patients
- represent value for money for taxpayers
The Government estimates that any new scheme will take at least 12 to 18 months to deliver and that in the meantime GP’s should ensure that they are correctly covered in line with the requirements of the GMC.
More detail of the Government’s plans for developing the medical indemnity scheme for GP’s may be found here.