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Doctor-patient confidentiality: A best practice guide

GPs have an unusual relationship with their patients. Together, you might well share moments that are deeply emotional and come to learn details that they’ve shared with no-one else, not even their closest. That’s part of the job – but it also presents a challenge to...

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GPs call for longer consultation time

The importance of looking after our GPs has never been more vital as more surgeries close, along with a sustained fall in UK GP numbers. What this means, is that highly skilled professionals in our industry are under pressure to see and treat more patients in an...

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Duty of candour guidance for GPs

GPs are highly skilled professionals but they’re also human beings and that means mistakes in their jobs are possible. As an MDO set up by GPs for GPs we understand and appreciate this as well as anyone – but we also know the importance of reacting appropriately when...

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Membership growth marks huge vote of confidence from GPs

Medical Defense Society membership numbers have jumped 70% during a strong period of growth in 2018/19. The rise in members for the year to April can be revealed as MDS gets ready to celebrate its second anniversary in July and starts to become a recognised...

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Sustained fall in UK GP numbers

The number of GPs in the UK is falling in a sustained way for the first time in more than 50 years, according to new research. Analysis by the Nuffield Trust on behalf of the BBC shows that there are now 60 GPs per 100,000 people in the UK – which is down from 64 just...

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Referral scheme gives GPs chance to save 20% on indemnity

GPs can save up to 20% off the cost of their indemnity thanks to a new referral scheme. Medical Defense Society, the only MDO designed and established by GPs for GPs, is looking to reward members who can help to attract new members. If any MDS member refers a new GP...

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Private vs NHS work in a GP practice: What’s changed?

The rules surrounding private healthcare services delivered by GPs have now changed, amid fears of a ‘blurring’ of the lines between NHS and non-NHS work. As part of widespread changes to the GP contract, NHS England has decided to ban the advertising and hosting of...

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Why it’s important to review your indemnity

We’re delighted to be able to help our GPs to go about their work safe in the knowledge that they have the cover and support that they need. We’re also confident that more GPs would benefit from joining the MDS family. However, we also know that GPs are busy people –...

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New GP contract brings changes to indemnity rules

< News New GP contract brings changes to indemnity rules Jan 31, 2019 NHS England bosses have today announced a new five-year contract for GP services in England which includes the introduction of indemnity state backed scheme. The new deal...

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