Throughout this month the GMC will be contacting doctors to inform them of a new statutory requirement to maintain adequate and appropriate indemnity when practising medicine in the UK.
This is not a new requirement as it was already included as a professional duty in Good medical practice; however it has now been put on a statutory footing.
Full details are given on the GMC website, which includes helpful guidance on what it means for different types of doctor.
The requirement is about maintaining indemnity for being sued. Members who work for NHS trusts or health boards will have indemnity provided by their employer. Those who practise in the private sector, or as a GP, are responsible for making their own indemnity arrangements.
Members should be reassured that as long as you have advised us on your current scope of practice, and inform us of any changes which happen in the future, your grade of membership will ensure adequate and appropriate indemnity, as well as all of the additional benefits of being a member of Medical Protection.
You may want to contact the GMC if you have any questions about the GMC’s recent communication or about their guidance. However, please note that the GMC is unable to offer any specific advice about your individual circumstances.
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