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gpstressFebruary 15 2016

A medical indemnity organisation has made changes to its GP member subscriptions to reflect current and emerging primary care delivery across the UK.

The Medical Protection Society has amended its definitions of work patterns which it hopes will help members who wish to work extended hours. It has Core Hours and Out of Hours sessions as Scheduled Care sessions and Unscheduled Care sessions respectively, with the following definitions:

  • Scheduled Care is undertaken during the scheduled opening hours of the practice (within 8am-8pm, 7 days a week) where registered patients are seen by appointment and where staff have access to the patient’s full general practice records;
  • Unscheduled Care is any work that falls outside the Scheduled Care criteria, such as sessions undertaken at any time of day in walk-in/urgent care centres.

Commenting on the changes, Dr Nick Clements, Medical Protection’s Head of Underwriting Policy, said: “Primary care is evolving, with new models of care and practices opening longer, and it’s important that we reflect these changes in the way we set membership subscriptions.

“Previously, we based subscription rates on the time the care was undertaken, whereas now it is based on whether the care is scheduled or unscheduled. This is particularly good news for GPs in practices that are extending their opening hours, such as through the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund.”

MPS is a not for profit organisation and has introduced the changes to reflect changes in the way that its members work as much. “We encourage members who would like to discuss the changes to contact our Member Services team on 0800 561 9000,” he said.

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MPS announcement

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