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Irish government asked to pay obstetricians' insurance premiums

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7285.512/b (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:512
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    The Medical Defence Union has asked the Irish government to insure in full the country's obstetricians; otherwise the doctors could face a huge increase in their insurance bills. Premiums are predicted to rise to £Ir350 000 (£281 000; $422 000) from July and doctors are expected to pay between a tenth and a fifth of the bill.

    The government pays 80-90% of the current premium (as much as £Ir68 000) for the 90 consultant obstetricians working in public hospitals. The union said that it had approached other insurers in Ireland and elsewhere “but they cannot be persuaded to underwrite the risks of obstetric and gynaecological practice in Ireland.”

    The union's assessment was backed by the …

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