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Coronavirus membership related questions and answers

20 March 2020

Please find below answers to some of the key questions that have been raised relating to your Medical Protection membership due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
 

Having recently retired/deferred my membership, I have been asked by the Ministry of Health to return to the workforce to provide support during the COVID-19 crisis. Can I reinstate my indemnity with Medical Protection?

In response to the work that healthcare workers are undertaking during the COVID-19 crisis all retired or deferred (e.g. maternity leave) members of Medical Protection who have held within the last three years registration with the MCNZ and was a member of MPS at the time will have their indemnity membership with us automatically reinstated completely free of charge. You will not need to contact our membership team to reactivate your membership if you are only providing assistance up until the current date required by the Ministry of Health of 30 September 2020.

Medical Protection can offer our temporary members assistance with matters such as medicolegal advice and regulatory representation, support with complaints, disciplinary proceedings, inquests and criminal investigations arising from clinical practice.

If you had intended to reinstate your APC and return to work before the 30 September 2020 (e.g. you were finishing maternity leave) you must contact our membership team on 08002255677 or membership@mps.org.nz and advise them of the change in order for you to be put into the appropriate grade and have the correct subscription rate charged.
 


 

I’m concerned that I may be required to undertake duties that are outside of my speciality or expertise to help with the effort to manage Covid-19. What is the advice, and what are the indemnity arrangements?

If you are asked to perform a duty that you would not normally undertake, regardless of the circumstances you need to assess whether you have the skills and competency to proceed. 

This will include considering what is in the best interests of the patient. If you do not feel it is safe to proceed and that to do so would place the patient at greater risk of harm than not undertaking the duty that has been requested, then you should advise whoever has asked you to do so and explain your concerns.

It would be wise to record the details of this decision in case it becomes necessary to explain the reasoning behind the decision to act or not to act.

If Medical Protection members have any concerns about the duties they are currently performing to help manage Covid-19 they should contact us for advice.