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Irish obstetricians worried by gap in insurance cover

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7468.704-e (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:704
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. Galway

    The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has informed some consultants in Ireland that it will be unable to give them help in specific legal cases, partly because of a failure to resolve a dispute with the Irish Department of Health over responsibility for obstetric claims that were made before last February.

    In February, the Irish state took over liability for medical negligence claims against its doctors and hospitals, in a move similar to the introduction of the crown indemnity scheme in the United Kingdom in 1991. But the issue of who is …

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