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GPs won’t face higher indemnity costs, minister pledges

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1377 (Published 16 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1377
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

GPs will not have to pay any more for indemnity cover as a result of recent changes to compensation payments for patients who have had life changing injuries, MPs have been told.

David Mowat, community health and care minister, told a debate at Westminster Hall that GPs would not be worse off after the changes to the discount rate, announced in February by the UK justice secretary, Liz Truss. Mowat said that the NHS spends between £1.5bn (€1.7bn; $1.8bn) and £2bn a year on legal costs and indemnity costs, describing this as “a massive slug of money.”

However, he added, “The position of the government is that doctors will not have to pay …

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