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Press Release – 14 May 2018

Wales to introduce government backed indemnity insurance for GP practices

MDS was created by GPs for GPs in view of the spiralling indemnity costs and our wish to provide a bespoke, high-quality service tailored to the specific needs of GPs. We have had a successful start, receiving very positive feedback from our GP members to date.

We are pleased that the Welsh government recognises the problem of GP indemnity costs and is exploring the possibility of a state-backed scheme for GPs and their surgery staff and is looking to align this to a similar scheme in England so that Welsh GPs are not at a disadvantage.

Having said that, all of the briefing papers disclosed to us by the Department of Health over recent months with regards to the scheme in England, make clear that this new scheme will assist GPs in relation to clinical negligence claims only.

It appears that GPs will still require separate cover in respect of the many other potential jeopardies they encounter, including GMC investigations, performers list proceedings, CQC action, inquests and more.

We look forward to opening discussions with BMA Wales, the Welsh Risk Pool, the Department of Health and Social Services and the Welsh Government in working through the finer details of the scheme in order to ensure it is the best deal for GPs and their needs.

MDS remains open for new GP members to join and will continue to offer competitive rates and an outstanding service. Above all, we remain 100% committed to our members, who will always be our priority.

Note to editors
Medical Defense Society (MDS) is a newly formed medical defence organisation (MDO) created by GPs for GPs. For further information about this topic or to speak to the CEO, Rohan Simon, please contact our office on 020 8938 3631 or email press@medicaldefensesociety.com

 

Press Release – 18 October 2017
The Department of Health has issued a statement on the indemnity offer made by MDU following the recent announcement of a state-backed indemnity scheme. This statement can be found here.

The ‘Transitional Benefits Scheme’ offered by MDU to their GP members in England is completely different to traditional occurrence-based model. This is effectively a ‘claims-paid‘ scheme which will involve a GP member purchasing adequate run-off cover. How much the run-off cover will cost and for how long a member would have to pay is impossible to say at present. There have been cases where claims have been reported 40 years after the event occurred!

This is certainly not a discount and we are very surprised by the lack of transparency on this issue. MDS only offers an occurrence-based model. As an organisation for GPs only, we want GPs to be empowered to choose their MDO and help them to make an informed decision.

Note to editors
Medical Defense Society (MDS) is a newly formed medical defence organisation (MDO) created by GPs for GPs. For further information about this topic or to speak to the CEO, Rohan Simon, please contact our office on 020 8938 3631 or email press@medicaldefensesociety.com

 

Press Release – 12 October 2017
MDS was created by GPs for GPs in view of the spiralling indemnity costs and our wish to provide a bespoke, high-quality service tailored to the specific needs of GPs. We have had a successful start, receiving very positive feedback from our GP members to date.

We are pleased that the government recognises the problem of GP indemnity costs and is exploring the possibility of a state-backed scheme for GPs akin to that already offered to NHS Trusts.

Having said that, all of the briefing papers disclosed to us by the Department of Health over recent months make clear that this new scheme will assist GPs in relation to clinical negligence claims only. It appears that GPs will still require separate cover in respect of the many other potential jeopardies they encounter, including GMC investigations, performers list proceedings, CQC action, inquests and more.

MDS remains open for new GP members to join and will continue to offer competitive rates and an outstanding service. Above all, we remain 100% committed to our members, who will always be our priority.

Note to editors
Medical Defense Society (MDS) is a newly formed medical defence organisation (MDO). We started accepting GP membership from July 2017. We have been in active discussions with the Department of Health on this topic. For further information or to speak to the CEO, Rohan Simon, please contact our office on 020 8938 3631 or email press@medicaldefensesociety.com