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nhsengmddusDecember 14 2015

NHS England has announced it will reimburse indemnity costs for GP out-of-hours services over the winter.

Concerns about the increasing cost of indemnity have been raised at urgent and emergency care roadshows, with OOH providers describing them as a barrier to delivering care. As a result, NHS England has announced it is “making £2 million available to help with immediate out-of-hours provision while longer term solutions are implemented.”

The NHS England Winter indemnity scheme has been developed with medical defence organisations (MDOs) and is operating from now until March 2016. It is hoped that “doctors can commit to more OOH sessions without the need for them to negotiate additional changes to their level of indemnity cover,” said NHS England.

“GPs who wish to commit to working additional sessions will agree a likely number of OOH sessions they will work over the period with their OOH provider. Once confirmed, GPs will be able to approach their MDOs to access a bespoke package, funded by NHS England, which would give the doctor cover for their additional commitment to the service.”

Rosamond Roughton, Director of NHS Commissioning, commented: “Rising indemnity costs are having a serious impact on GPs as well as stifling innovation in primary care delivery. We are determined to help resolve this issue and this announcement is just part of the work we are doing with our partners to further support GPs and the wider care primary care workforce.”

MDDUS has also announced that it is providing access to indemnity for its members who responded to the urgent call in Cumbria to help in the aftermath of the storms and flooding.

MDDUS Joint Head of Medical Division Dr Anthea Martin said: “MDDUS offers indemnity against claims arising out of Good Samaritan acts anywhere in the world, as an automatic benefit of their membership. These acts are defined as ‘the provision of medical and dental services in emergency situations outside the scope of an individual’s normal contractual obligations or clinical practice’.

“We would advise doctors to consider the urgency of the situation, act in the patient’s best interests and apply common sense. Doctors should act within the limits of their competence.”

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