Speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners Annual Conference, the Health Secretary announced the clinical-negligence indemnity scheme, to be negotiated with the GPC, the RCGP and the medical defence organisations. It is hoped that the new arrangements will be in place from April 2019. The proposal is recognition that steep rises in indemnity costs are deterring GPs from continuing in the profession, with bills now averaging around £8,000 a year.
In other measures outlined in the speech, Mr Hunt announced 'targeted salary supplements' of £20,000 in priority areas, with Health Education England tasked with allotting additional training vacancies to rural and coastal places which have struggled to recruit trainees. And NHS England will be setting up an international office to co-ordinate recruitment, aiming to recruit 2,000 new doctors over the next three years.
Humberside LMC welcomes any steps to address the pressures facing general practice with indemnity, recruitment and retention but notes that more detail is needed on the measures outlined including how the state-backed indemnity scheme will work, the extent of the coverage available and how it will be funded.
We are always happy to support individual LMC members with queries around indemnity cover - please contact us for advice.