Rise in legal action hits Britain's GPs

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:323
  1. Martyn Halle
  1. London

    An unprecedented rise in negligence cases in Britain means GPs face massive increases in premiums to protect against possible litigation.

    The Medical Protection Society has just announced that it is to raise its membership rates by 18.5%. Other defence societies say that they are still reviewing their fees, but they are expected to follow suit.

    This year's increase follows a 16% increase last year and a 9.5% increase in 1995. GP principals now pay £1950 ($3000) a year. …

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