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State backed GP indemnity

State backed GP indemnity

The recent announcement by Health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, that the government is developing a state-backed GP indemnity scheme is good news for the profession, as rising indemnity costs are having a serious impact on general practice.

Details of how the state backed scheme will look are still unclear and it could be 12 to 18 months until it is developed. In the meantime, GPs are urged to ensure they continue to have appropriate indemnity cover in-line with GMC requirements.

Guidance from the Department of Health indicates that the scheme will provide clinical negligence cover to providers of GP services, through which the activities of individual GPs would be covered. This will include providers on GMS, PMS and APMS contracts, offering indemnity for all practice staff including students or trainees.

The state-backed scheme is unlikely to cover non-NHS work so GPs working in the private sector, for example, would need to take out additional indemnity cover.

Dr Krishna Kasaraneni, Chair of Wesleyan's Junior Advisory Board said: "Clearly there's still a lot of detail to be worked through but any move to reduce some of the significant cost pressures on GP practices is to be welcomed.

"Indemnity costs have been rising exponentially over recent years so a state backed scheme would help ease some of the pressure on practices."

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