Indemnity for practice staff

A recent letter from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) regarding indemnity for some of its members has been causing concern among practice managers and staff.

The letter informed RCN members that from 1 January 2012 indemnity cover for work undertaken in general practice was being removed from the range of RCN member benefits.

Some practice managers have expressed concern that this means practice nurses may no longer be indemnified for clinical tasks undertaken on behalf of the practice.

MDDUS would like to reassure members that we provide all GP and GDP partners in membership access to indemnity for any act or omission arising from the proper and authorised duties of all members of staff, including practice managers, practice nurses and any other ancillary staff not eligible for full or associate MDDUS membership. This vicarious liability will continue to apply as it has in the past.

The RCN changes should also have no effect on subscription rates.

Please phone our Membership Department on 0845 270 2038 if you have any concerns regarding staff indemnity.

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