For immediate release: Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Responding to Matt Hancock’s point that “changes in practice by trusts are a necessary part of reducing the number and severity of claims” within his speech today at the Royal Society of Medicine, MDDUS chief executive Chris Kenny said:
“The Secretary of State is fooling himself if he believes this will fully resolve the issue of increasing negligence claims and costs. Changes in practice by the NHS and other healthcare organisations, although welcome, are simply not sufficient to address this problem.
“Government should not pass the buck to hospital doctors, GPs and trusts but should play its part through thorough tort reform and a much more radical approach to capping costs. That’s where its focus should be rather than regulating clinical indemnity.
“Tort reform that addresses the root causes of increased clinical negligence costs has already proved effective in other countries, such as Australia and USA. I do not understand why the Secretary of State is not insisting that the UK follows suit.”
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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 state-backed indemnity scheme, GPs still need comprehensive protection that SBIS 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. Read more here.