MDDUS still in discussions with DHSC on existing liabilities

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: Monday, 1 April 2019

Commenting in response to today’s ministerial statement on the outcome of discussions with DHSC, Chris Kenny, CEO, MDDUS said:

"We are still in discussions with DHSC about whether to participate in the existing liability scheme, but have reached no decision as yet.

“As a mutual, MDDUS is committed to getting the best deal for all of its members who have supported and been supported by the company over many years. It is beholden on us to ensure that the financial terms of any deal makes sense for all of our current and future members, including those directly impacted by the English and Welsh Government's inconsistent, experimental and unproven schemes.

“It is also beholden on us to make sure that any scheme is cast iron in its legality and that the operational arrangements put in place preserve the highest standards of expertise and personal support for members' professional reputation and personal support as claims progress.

“We cannot speculate about the outcome at the moment, but we will not see our current and potential members sold short financially or personally."

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For further information contact Jenifer Stirton on 0333 0434444 or 07501 421398, or email jstirton@mddus.com.

Note to editors

MDDUS is the leading provider of GP indemnity in the UK with over 19,000 GP members. Founded in 1902, MDDUS is a mutual defence organisation offering expert medico-legal advice and professional indemnity for doctors and other healthcare professionals across the UK. After the introduction of the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice, GPs still need comprehensive protection that CNSGP alone won’t provide. The scheme will not cover GPs for non-NHS work, representation at inquests, GMC hearings and disciplinary investigations. Such situations can seriously impact upon a GP’s career and could ultimately result in them being struck off. The scheme will also not include advice and support – something highly prized by MDDUS members. It is therefore crucial that GPs have access to support and guidance from experienced medico-legal advisers. You can access our CNSGP information hub here.