Why does the Clinical Indemnity Scheme (CIS) exist?
The CIS was established to ensure that patients harmed as a result of substandard care in public hospitals/clinics are compensated. Its priority is not to protect you or your professional interests.
For those working in a general practice setting, or as a private practitioner, the CIS won’t cover you for the financial consequences of a claim for clinical negligence. It is the responsibility of all doctors to ensure they have adequate professional indemnity for all healthcare services they provide.
Complaints to the Medical Council, general patient complaints and disciplinary hearings are all daunting prospects for any clinician, but unfortunately, these situations have become increasingly common. The CIS does not offer support or protection with any of these. Medical Protection do.