Doctors without indemnity could be struck off

DOCTORS practising without appropriate indemnity or insurance could have their licence removed under new proposals from the General Medical Council.

The regulator has launched a consultation on plans for new powers allowing them to check a doctor’s cover and even remove their licence if they are found practising without cover.

The move would build on the duty already set out in Good Medical Practice which states “doctors must have adequate insurance or indemnity cover so that patients will not be disadvantaged if they need to make a claim about their clinical care.”

Under the changes, the GMC would also have the ability to refuse to grant a licence unless assurance was given that the doctor will have appropriate indemnity or insurance in place when they start practising.

The eight-week consultation runs until December 10.

To take part, log onto the GMC’s consultations website or download a response form