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Eight in 10 GPs say indemnity fees are limiting their out-of-hours work

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4549 (Published 20 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4549
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A provider of out-of-hours care services has called for GPs, insurers, NHS England, and other stakeholders to find a solution to spiralling annual indemnity fees that threaten to leave gaps in urgent care rotas and to endanger the care of patients.

In a survey by Urgent Health UK, a federation of 26 social enterprises, 79% of 430 GPs said that clinical indemnity fees were limiting the number of out-of-hours shifts they undertook.1 Two thirds (68%) of the GPs said that should fees rise further they would consider reducing or stopping out-of-hours shifts. And more than half (55%) said that they were concerned that their clinical indemnity …

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