UK-wide medical defence specialist MDDUS is extending free membership until the end of 2021 for its retired members who return to work during the pandemic.
While returning doctors are indemnified by the State via clauses in the Coronavirus Act, the protection being extended by MDDUS includes support for other risks they might face returning to practise.
This includes advice and support on ethical and legal issues, regulatory hearings, tribunals and inquiries.
Membership is provided automatically, with no need for retired members to opt-in or out.
MDDUS is extending its offer of free support to retired members returning to clinical practice in recognition of continued pressures on the NHS and to reassure retired members of its ongoing support.
Dr Chris Godeseth, Customer and Development Director at MDDUS, said:
“We’ve taken the decision to extend our support for retired members until the end of 2021. This allows our retired members to return to clinical practice and support the NHS’ response to the pandemic with peace of mind that automatic membership and legal support from MDDUS will be in place."
“We are proud to stand behind our members and retired members as they continue to work in challenging circumstances during the pandemic."
“MDDUS’ message to our members is that we are here for them.”