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GPs indemnity to be provided through state backed scheme, says Hunt

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4755 (Published 12 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4755
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

GPs will have access to a state backed indemnity scheme from 2019, the health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

Speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) annual conference in Liverpool on Thursday, Hunt said that the Department of Health would create a state backed scheme for clinical negligence indemnity for general practice in England.

The announcement comes after repeated warnings from the RCGP, the BMA, and defence unions that indemnity costs were spiralling and risked creating a crisis in general practice.1

Hunt said, “I know a big issue has been the fluctuations, variability, and the cost of indemnity, and we’ve seen that rise to around £8000 per GP. We need to introduce a state backed indemnity scheme for general practice.”

“It will take us 18 months to negotiate with …

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