Ahead of Friday’s meeting of the BMA’s local medical committees (LMCs) in England, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has written to all LMC chairs to remind them of the steps it is taking to support GPs with the cost of indemnity.
With indemnity costs featuring in a number of the motions to be discussed at the meeting, Dr Christine Tomkins, MDU chief executive explained:
“High indemnity prices are already forcing GPs to leave the profession or cut down their work. This is hurting them and making it harder to provide services to patients. The MDU’s solution is to provide real help now – when our members need it most.
“The MDU’s Transitional Benefits membership provides help by way of a reduced subscription to the profession at a time when GPs are facing unaffordable subscription rates.”
Hundreds of GPs supported the MDU’s Save GP campaign which brought pressure to bear on the Government, leading to a commitment of a state-backed indemnity scheme.
Dr Tomkins continued: “Our considered decision to charge a lower rate for Transitional Benefits reflects our expectation that the Government will have to pick up the cost of historic claims to deliver on its published commitments to GPs and to avert a meltdown of the service.
The letter asks the LMCs to get behind the MDU in ‘a united effort to ensure that the scheme includes all historic liabilities for the benefit of all GPs.’
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