GPs need comprehensive protection that SBIS alone won’t provide.
- GMC representation – as a member of MDDUS you will not have to pay for your own advice and representation
- Indemnity for private clinical work
- Indemnity for writing insurance reports
- Indemnity for travel vaccination clinics
- Indemnity for worldwide Good Samaritan acts
- 24/7 medico-legal advice
- Assistance with patient complaints
- Assistance with disciplinary matters
- Advice with performers’ list outcomes
- Support with Ombudsman investigations
- Assistance with coroner’s inquests
- Assistance with HR and employment issues
- A range of medico-legal publications, on and offline
- Discounted medico-legal training
I work for the NHS. Why do I require MDDUS membership when I already have NHS indemnity?Under a state-backed indemnity scheme (SBIS), GPs will be indemnified for work undertaken within their NHS contract. If, however, you are involved in disciplinary issues, GMC referrals, or coroner’s inquests you would not receive any assistance unless you have secured membership with MDDUS. Such situations can seriously impact upon your career and could ultimately result in you being struck off. It is therefore crucial that you have access to support and guidance from experienced medico-legal advisers. In the last 12 months we have opened nearly four thousand new case files from GP members relating to these issues not included in the government scheme.
The MDDUS Professional Protection occurrence-based membership includes:-
• Indemnity for private clinical work
• Indemnity for writing insurance reports
• Indemnity for travel vaccination clinics
• Indemnity for worldwide Good Samaritan acts
• 24/7 medico-legal advice
• Assistance with patient complaints
• Assistant with disciplinary matters
• GMC representation
• Advice with performers’ list outcomes
• Support with Ombudsman investigations
• Assistance with Coroner’s Inquests
• Assistance with HR and employment issues
• A range of medico-legal publications, on and offline
• Discount medico-legal training
If I am referred to the GMC will the NHS offer me assistance?
No. It never has and never will. The NHS SBIS will not assist you if you are involved in a GMC matter. It is important to remember that the GMC has the power to suspend, place restrictions on your practice, issue you with a warning and ultimately erase you from the register. With such potentially severe consequences there are a range of advantages of having representation and assistance from MDDUS whose focus will be to ensure that your case is dealt with fairly and efficiently and that you are properly represented.
We have assisted over 200 hundred members facing GMC investigations in the last 12 months. Latest figures from the GMC reveal that doctors appearing before disciplinary panels without legal representation are more likely to receive tougher sanctions. Nearly four fifths of doctors who were struck off the register at MPTS hearings in the last three years did not have any legal representation. Compare this to the 80% of doctors who had legal representation and did not receive a sanctions and therefore were able to continue to practice.Close
What are the advantages of having assistance from MDDUS at a coroner’s inquest?
An individual can be found to be at fault at an inquiry and any criticisms made can lead to a GMC or a criminal matter being raised against you. With such high stakes it is important to have the support and guidance of a medico-legal adviser with the experience and insight to advise you on how to conduct yourself at such a formal and daunting process. MDDUS employs and retains some of the UK’s leading medico-legal solicitors and can instruct the best legal representation, which will be made available to members free of charge. In the last 12 months we have assisted 513 GP members with coroner’s inquestsClose
Tell me more about the advice the BMA are giving to GPs in England and Wales on MDO membership following SBIS?The BMA recently reminded GPs of the importance of retaining their MDO subscription when SBIS is introduced in April 2019. Advice from the BMA states that GPs “still need to retain membership of an MDO” and “MDOs will continue to play an important role in providing legal advice, representation for GMC hearings and also for the rare occasion where a criminal case occurs.”
You can read the BMA advice here.