For consultants and specialists in private practice, MPS offers peace of mind through access to professional protection against clinical negligence claims. Find out more about MPS membership by reading our FAQs.
Your questions answered
If you do no private practice, or work within a public hospital, you will be protected against the financial consequences of negligence claims by the Clinical Indemnity Scheme (CIS). MPS offers a range of additional support to help doctors, which they won't get from the CIS (find out more about the Clinical Indemnity Scheme here).
You can request assistance with any action, proceeding, claim or demand arising from your professional practice including:
Clinical negligence claims
Worldwide, this represents about 20% of our caseload, but accounts for the largest proportion of annual expenditure. When we take on a claim, we can manage it from first notification to conclusion, and can take care of all the legal costs and compensation payments.
Medical Council procedures
We can provide advice and legal representation for regulatory council inquiries arising from health, performance, and professional conduct. We can help you from the outset, whether it be drafting a letter in response to a Medical Council complaint or providing high-calibre legal representation at a full hearing.
We can provide advice and representation if you face allegations arising from the provision of clinical care to patients, concerning your professional conduct, competence and performance, or in relation to health problems that are having a significant effect on your clinical performance.
Preparing for inquests
We can help you prepare a report for the coroner and advise you on how to conduct yourself at the inquest. If necessary, we can arrange for legal representation on your behalf.
We can help if you become the subject of criminal investigations that arise directly from your provision of clinical care to patients. This includes investigation or prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter. We can also help if you face an allegation of indecent or sexual assault – if that arises from your bona fide clinical practice. It is unlikely that we would assist where the allegations arise from personal conduct.
Indemnity for Good Samaritan acts
A Good Samaritan act is one in which medical assistance is given, free of charge, in a bona fide medical emergency upon which you may chance, in a personal as opposed to a professional capacity. Examples include roadside accidents and emergencies at public events you attend as a spectator. In the unlikely event that legal proceedings follow, you would be entitled to ask for assistance, no matter in which country the legal proceedings are commenced.