Why choose MPS?
The benefits of MPS membership
MPS can help you with the legal problems that arise from your professional practice.
Members approach MPS with a wide range of professional queries and problems and have access, immediately, to advice from fellow professionals with specialist medico-legal knowledge. Members say how valuable it is to receive independent confidential advice.
Just talking through a problem may be enough to reassure you or confirm that your proposed course of action is correct. It might also prevent you doing something that has potentially disastrous consequences. We can help with:
If you face a negligence claim, we can help by providing a complete indemnity against legal costs and damages awarded against you. All indemnity benefits are subject to the conditions set out in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
MPS benefits are available on an occurrence basis. This means that you and your estate can apply for assistance with claims arising from incidents that occurred while you were a member. It does not matter when they were reported – even if it is years after you leave MPS or cease to practise for any reason.
Good Samaritan acts
In the unlikely event that you are sued as a result of a Good Samaritan act, you can apply for assistance from MPS, no matter where in the world the action is brought.
MPS provides legal advice and representation to members in a wide range of circumstances, including first-class legal representation and advice from specialists in the field of medical litigation.
You may be unfortunate enough to be involved in a civil case or disciplinary proceedings that attract adverse publicity and/or unwanted media attention. If necessary, we will help you prepare statements to the press and shield you from press intrusions, as far as is possible, by acting as your spokesperson.
MPS members who are suffering from stress as a result of an adverse incident or medicolegal matter have access to confidential professional support through telephone and face-to-face counselling.
Law and ethics
We can help you to resolve specific ethical and medico-legal dilemmas as they arise in your everyday practice.
MPS publications and risk management
We take an active role in promoting good medical practice and minimising the risk of clinical mishaps. Our publications are designed to provide members with a good working understanding of the legal and ethical principles governing the practice of medicine. In addition to our list of publications, MPS promotes risk management through workshops, lectures and a series of multimedia training modules.
We monitor the development of professional and national policy with medicolegal implications, lobby for change and make representations to decision-making bodies.