MDDUS responds to Welsh government state-backed indemnity announcement

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Monday, 14 May 2018

Responding to the Welsh government’s decision to introduce a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in Wales from April 2019, MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny said:

“We note the decision by the Welsh government and understand the rationale for it, given close links of primary care across the English and Welsh border.

“However, like DHSC, Welsh government now need to urgently identify an operating model for the scheme and take cross-government action to reduce the drivers of unwarranted claims. Without that, it will simply shift, rather than reduce cost to the NHS and potentially leave individual doctors worse protected.

“Any state-backed scheme will not cover GPs for non-NHS work, representation at inquests, GMC hearings and disciplinary investigations and will also not include advice and support – vital services which are highly prized by MDDUS members. We will continue to serve our members and meet their needs into the future.”

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For further information contact Richard Hendry on 0333 0434444 or 07976 272266, or email rihendry@mddus.com.

Note to editors

MDDUS (The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland) is a medical and dental defence organisation providing access to professional indemnity and expert medico- and dento-legal advice for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals throughout the UK. For further information on MDDUS go to www.mddus.com.