RCGP welcomes proposals for state-funded indemnity scheme for GPs

Publication date: 12 October 2017

The RCGP has today welcomed the Secretary of State for Health in England Jeremy Hunt's promise of a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs, but says the 'devil will be in the detail'.

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said:

"Jeremy Hunt's presence at our conference acknowledges the critical role of GPs to the NHS and he addressed many of the issues pertinent to the working lives of hard pressed GPs right across the country.

"We're particularly encouraged by the proposal for a state-funded medical indemnity scheme for GPs in England, to be in place within 18 months.

"This is one of the burning issues bothering GPs and our GPs in training.

"Medical insurance costs are an issue that the College has been campaigning on for some time so we hope today's announcement will be a glimmer of hope for all GPs.

"Of course, with all of the proposals outlined by the Health Secretary, the devil will be in the detail.

"But the Health Secretary has underlined his commitment to ensuring that all the pledges in the GP Forward View are delivered fully.

"The College will continue to work constructively with the Government in England, NHS England and our colleagues at the BMA to ensure they become a reality and that GPs feel the difference on the frontline of patient care.

"We will also continue to work with the administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that any benefits to the working lives of GPs are replicated across the UK and that GPs have the support they need to do their jobs wherever they work."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7633/7410
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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