Your new MPS service
Members in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong now have direct access to MPS’s full range of medicolegal services. MPS medicolegal adviser Dr Janet Page describes the changes and how you can help us help you
MPS is committed to providing you with the best possible service. To facilitate this, we have streamlined our contact point and given you direct access to our wider pool of medicolegal advisers. This article explores these changes and the key questions you need to ask yourself to ensure you get the best out of your membership.
Contacting MPS has never been easier
MPS has introduced a single telephone number through which you can access all MPS services. Members have been provided with a contact card containing the phone number and email address for all enquiries – callers will then be directed to the appropriate service. Emergency advice and assistance can be accessed 24 hours a day. For non-urgent medicolegal enquiries members are encouraged to email their request to MPS, which will be passed to a member of the dedicated team of medicolegal advisers for Asia.
Medicolegal advisers are senior, experienced doctors who also hold a legal qualification. They can provide advice and support in relation to a wide range of professional, ethical and legal issues including advice on preparation of medical reports, handling adverse events, responding to complaints and giving evidence at an inquest. Members are encouraged to contact MPS by email or telephone to speak directly to a medicolegal adviser.
Am I covered?
MPS offers occurrence-based indemnity to its members, which means that you must be in benefit of membership at the time of the incident giving rise to the request for assistance in order to be entitled to assistance. To be in benefit you must be paying the correct subscription for the category and type of work you undertake, your specialty and grade. You should notify MPS promptly of any anticipated change in your professional circumstances.
It is important if you decide to undertake new therapies, or to undertake procedures that would normally fall outside the scope of the specialty in which you are indemnified, that you check with MPS whether this would be covered by your existing subscription band, or whether any adjustments need to be made. You should also ensure you inform MPS if you go abroad to work or take a break from practice and wish to suspend your membership.