Wales opts for state-backed indemnity

THE Welsh government has decided to introduce a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs in Wales from April 2019 – following in the footsteps of the recent decision by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in England.

MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny responded: “We note the decision by the Welsh government and understand the rationale for it, given close links of primary care across the English and Welsh border.

“However, like DHSC, the Welsh government now need to urgently identify an operating model for the scheme and take cross-government action to reduce the drivers of unwarranted claims. Without that, it will simply shift rather than reduce cost to the NHS and potentially leave individual doctors worse protected.

“Any state-backed scheme will not cover GPs for non-NHS work, representation at inquests, GMC hearings and disciplinary investigations and will also not include advice and support – vital services which are highly prized by MDDUS members. We will continue to serve our members and meet their needs into the future.”