Membership information 1800 932 916
Medicolegal advice 1800 936 077

When you choose Medical Protection membership, you choose a defence organisation that puts you first

As a member-owned, not-for-profit organisation, we exist purely to support your professional interests and protect your finances, career and reputation from legal claims and complaints.

We’ve protected members in Ireland for more than 100 years where others have abandoned the increasingly litigious sector. We have supported healthcare professionals in Ireland for many years and will continue to do so long into the future. We have extensive experience of dealing with clinical negligence claims, the healthcare landscape and common medicolegal issues in Ireland.

Consultants working for the HSE

As a consultant working for the HSE in Ireland, you will be aware that it can be a difficult environment in which to practise.

The Clinical Indemnity Scheme cannot always protect you. This is where Medical Protection can help.

The team at Medical Protection are experienced at identifying diverse challenges that can arise for medical practitioners. Through a vast array of educational resources, members can learn how to recognise potential areas of risk in their practice and help prevent issues from arising.

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.

How Medical Protection can help

As a Medical Protection member, you have access to a range of benefits not offered by the Clinical Indemnity Scheme. Here’s how our protection can help:

Medical Protection Clinical Indemnity Scheme
Support in Medical Council investigations and representation at hearings ×
Representation for individual practitioners at inquiries (including indemnified agency staff) ×
Medicolegal advice line including out of hours emergency support 24/7 ×
Help responding to patient complaints ×
Help in disciplinary proceedings, e.g. ombudsmen investigations ×
Help with unwanted media attention ×
CPD courses and online learning to help prevent issues arising ×
Access to our confidential counselling service to support you through stressful situations relating to your work or personal life that you feel could impact your practice ×

With the largest medicolegal team of any medical defence organisation worldwide by your side, you can practise with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you have experienced professional colleagues there to protect and support you when it matters most.

Support that lasts as long as you need it to

At Medical Protection, our focus is on putting you first and providing protection that goes further. Our team is here to offer advice for any eventuality your career may face. We will assist with any personal conduct IMC inquiry on your behalf.


Advice and legal representation

The right to request advice and legal representation for coroners’ inquests, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings and criminal investigations related to your professional practice

Complaints support

Help responding to and resolving patient complaints with a team of medicolegal experts on call to assist you, including with writing letters and reports

Medicolegal advice

Medicolegal advice line including out of hours emergency support 24/7

Expert legal team

Access to a dedicated expert legal team which may include clinical negligence solicitors, medicolegal consultants and professional claims managers

Professional development workshops and online courses

Workshops, online courses and webinars with accredited CPD to develop your communication and risk management skills

Risk management resources

With a huge range of CPD included in your membership, you can access a whole host of guidance and training online to reduce/minimise any potential risks or issues, along with a selection of publications and case reports

Confidential counselling service

Access to our confidential counselling service to support you through stressful situations relating to your work or personal life that you feel could impact your practice

Help with unwanted media attention

Expert support including preparing statements and responding to the media on your behalf

Local, expert advice that understands you

We have supported healthcare professionals in Ireland for many years and will continue to do so long into the future.

As part of this commitment, we are investing heavily in building our foundations in Ireland. This investment includes the introduction of a new office in Dublin and a continually growing team on the ground as we expand our local knowledge.

We’re committed to getting as close to members as possible, providing a tailored service that supports you in dealing with issues of local relevance and urgency. With medicolegal services now available from Ireland, our long-term commitment to members in Ireland is clear.


How to join

To apply to become a Medical Protection member please complete the application form below and return by email to applications@medicalprotection.org. Alternatively, if you wish to request an indicative subscription rate, please get in contact using the details below.

Once we have received your application form, we will contact you to discuss your membership options and subscription rate.

Tel: 1 800 932 916*

Download application form

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