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Next government must tackle GP indemnity costs, royal college says

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2429 (Published 22 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2429
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

The next government must tackle rising GP indemnity costs, the Royal College of General Practitioners has said.

Helen Stokes-Lampard, the college’s chair, warned that indemnity costs were spiralling and that without action they could create a crisis in general practice. Unlike hospital doctors, GPs have to purchase their own medical indemnity.

In February, the lord chancellor, Elizabeth Truss, announced a legal change that critics said could add £1bn a year to the NHS bill for compensation.1 A reduction …

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