Retired doctors who returned to work, or who will do so this winter, to tackle COVID-19 are being given a six-month extension of free membership and legal support by MDDUS.
The initial offer from the UK-wide medical defence specialist ran until August. It will now run until February 2021.
While returning doctors are indemnified by the State via clauses in the Coronavirus Act, the cover 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.
This cover is applied automatically, with no need for retired members to opt-in or out.
MDDUS decided to extend the cover in recognition of winter forward-planning within the NHS across the UK, and a potential need to call upon retired doctors to step up once more.
Dr Chris Godeseth, customer and development director at MDDUS, said: “It was always our intention to review this cover – known as MDDUS Coronavirus Support – and it is the right thing to do to continue it into next year.
“We want to reassure our retired members that if they wish to answer any new call to step up and support the NHS effort on COVID-19 that MDDUS is here for them. This decision removes a hurdle to returning to practise.”
Retired doctors who are members of MDDUS considering taking the next steps to a return to work and require further information can contact us on 0333 043 0000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.