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  • What type of cover does MPS provide?
    26 July 2018

    MPS has discretionary cover which can allow us to be flexible with a wide range of issues and provide assistance where an insurance policy might not – if it’s not in an insurance policy then it is not covered.

  • MPS does not provide retrospective cover
    26 July 2018

    While it is true we do not cover for work done prior to you joining MPS we believe that it is more important for you to be covered after your time in membership with us. We will make sure that you are covered during your time in membership (called occurrence-based cover), even if you leave membership (eg, due to retirement) without the need for purchasing tail-end cover, which is something an insurance policy would require you to do.

  • Is MPS based overseas?
    26 July 2018

    No. While we do have our head office in the UK, MPS also has two well established offices in New Zealand (Wellington and Auckland), which boasts 15 staff members. MPS also has offices in Australia, Singapore and South Africa, with a new office to be opened soon in Hong Kong. Most decisions for assistance are made locally, with deferral to the head office only made for appeals to those decisions.

  • As a GP, does my indemnity allow me to undertake tongue-tie division procedures?
    17 October 2017

    GPs who have full Medical Protection membership can request indemnity for tongue-tie division if:

    • they have appropriate training and experience
    • patients/parents are properly informed of the procedure, this includes the risks as well as potential complications, and consent has been obtained before proceeding
    • it is performed in an appropriate setting. Procedures not carried out in clinical premises must be undertaken in a safe environment with adequate and appropriate facilities.
  • Am I indemnified to undertake the Harmony prenatal test when it is offered privately?
    17 October 2017

    Those who are on obstetrics/gynaecology, paediatric and GPs on their current grade can request indemnity for undertaking the Harmony prenatal test provided members ensure:

    • patients are adequately counselled and consented
    • patients are appropriately followed up
    • full records are maintained (including records of the counselling and consent, as well as follow up arrangements).
  • Does my membership apply to Good Samaritan acts?
    17 June 2016
    Yes. In the unlikely event that you are sued as a result of a Good Samaritan act, you can apply for assistance from Medical Protection, no matter where in the world the action is brought.


  • What is the definition of a Good Samaritan act?
    17 June 2016

    Medical Protection defines a Good Samaritan act as 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, eg, assisting a fellow spectator at an event.

    For doctors, ignoring such a predicament is never an option. When called into action while off duty, you must remember to make a full clinical record after treatment.

    You must assess your own competence in handling the situation – eg, you may be under the influence of alcohol – and proceed accordingly.

    Only intervene if the situation is an emergency. Any situation that is beyond your competence may still benefit from your input, to a degree. For example, you can use your clinical skills to take a history, make an examination to reach a preliminary assessment, and give an indication of the likely differential diagnosis. You can also suggest options for the management of the situation pending arrival of support. 

    We consider that a response to the GoodSAM App, provided it is in accordance with the GoodSAM App code of conduct, falls within our definition of a Good Samaritan Act.

  • How do I apply for membership with MPS?
    20 May 2016
    Students can apply online for free MPS membership. All other doctors can access application forms from the Join MPS section of the website (see the "Join" button at the top of the page). Please ensure you read the important information at the bottom of the page before completing the application and returning it to the address shown at the top of the form.

    The application must be completed in full and signed and dated within two months of your required membership start date.

    Your application can be submitted by post, fax or email.
  • What is MPS?
    20 May 2016
    MPS is the world’s leading medical defence organisation, putting members first by providing professional support and expert medicolegal advice throughout their careers. We have more than 300,000 members worldwide. 

    MPS has been helping doctors who find themselves in medicolegal difficulties since 1892. We are here to help and support members when they need it. We work only for the benefit of our members, and have no external commercial or shareholder interests to distract us.

    A recent survey of our members provided the following feedback:

    “I have contacted MPS on a number of occasions for general advice and have always been very impressed by the services I received.”

    “Very quick responses, clear advice and guidance, a sympathetic ear.”

    “Speedy, efficient, courteous, knowledgeable – I have always been impressed by the MPS and my latest enquiry only strengthened my good opinion.”
  • I will be taking a career break/going on maternity leave/retiring soon. How does this affect my membership?
    20 May 2016

    Members who retire, take a career break or who otherwise stop practising medicine voluntarily - either temporarily or permanently (excluding holidays), can request to retain Medical Protection membership in the retired/deferred category.

    As a retired or deferred member with occurrence-based protection, you pay no subscription, still receive the Medical Protection journal, Casebook, and our Annual Report and Accounts, and can apply for Medical Protection assistance with any medicolegal problems arising from a “Good Samaritan act”.

    However, if you decide to leave Medical Protection, then you will not be entitled to any assistance in relation to a Good Samaritan act if the incident occurs after your membership has ended. You must also inform us before you resume practice, so that we can ensure you are placed in the correct category of membership.

    Members with claims-made protection should contact us to find out how a break will affect their membership.

  • I do some work as an expert witness. How does this affect my membership?
    29 September 2014

    Medical Protection regards providing an expert opinion as an integral part of professional practice. As with all aspects of professional practice it is essential that you act within the limits of your own expertise.

    Medical Protection has assisted many members with claims arising out of the provision of an expert opinion and considers these in the same way as any other claim in negligence against a member.

    Please contact us to check that you are paying the correct subscription to reflect your medicolegal practice.

  • I have lost my membership certificate. Do you charge for sending out a duplicate?
    29 September 2014

    No. We can issue a duplicate certificate to you free of charge. Please contact your local membership office to discuss your requirements.
  • Do I get a reduced subscription rate if I participate in risk prevention workshops, webinars and e-learning?
    22 September 2014

    No, not at present. The main benefits of engaging with our educational programs are:

    • enhanced risk management and prevention skills
    • improved patient outcomes
    • reduced likelihood of involvement with claims or complaints and the associated stress, worry and inconvenience they bring.
  • With the ACC in existence, do I still need MPS membership too?
    09 September 2014

    Yes you do.

    The ACC will not prevent you from incurring high legal fees and other expenses if you have to deal with a serious complaint or incident. 

    MPS membership means you can turn to us for help and guidance with a range of problems without incurring any additional fees, including:

    • Representation or legal support at a medical council hearing or hospital board inquiry, should you be referred for a disciplinary matter 
    • Assistance with responding to a patient complaint
    • Assistance when you have been charged with an alleged criminal act related to your professional practice, such as manslaughter or assault following a clinical examination of a patient
    • Legal representation at a fatal accident inquiry or coroner’s inquest
    • Support with media relations, by preparing statements and acting as a spokesperson
    • Assistance with legal and ethical dilemmas
    • Assistance in drafting or checking medicolegal reports
    • The right to request indemnity for Good Samaritan acts. 
  • I am worried about something that's happened. Can I talk to Medical Protection about it?
    02 September 2014
    If you are concerned about any issue or incident which has occurred in your capacity as a doctor or other healthcare worker, we would encourage you to get in touch immediately by calling our medicolegal advice line. There is no stigma attached to seeking guidance or support, and we would rather you asked for help in time to avoid a problem instead of waiting and hoping for the best, only to find yourself in greater difficulties later. 
  • Will you still help me if I leave Medical Protection?
    01 September 2014

    Medical Protection occurrence-based protection will respond to claims brought against you, even after your membership has ended and your subscription payment has ceased, as long as the alleged incident happened during the period of your Medical Protection membership and you were in the appropriate membership category at the time the incident occurred.

    For Medical Protection claims-made protection, this would require you to purchase extended reporting benefits (ERBs) from Medical Protection, to enable you to report an incident you only became aware of after your claims-made protection membership ends. Alternatively, if you continue to practice after ceasing Medical Protection membership, you may be able to make arrangements with your new provider to allow you to report the incident to them.