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One in three GPs say medical indemnity fees have risen 20% in five years

1 July 2015, GP Online

Medical indemnity fees have ballooned in recent years, with one in three GPs paying 20% more now to maintain legal cover than they did five years ago, according to a GPonline survey.

Rising medical indemnity costs are a significant problem,’ said Wessex LMCs chief executive Dr Nigel Watson. ‘They are making people retire early, and they’re preventing some people from doing out-of-hours work. It’s having an adverse effect on recruitment and retention.’

The rising rates of insurance ‘are not covered’ by the measly 1% GP pay increase recommended by the DDRB, he added.

‘There ought to be the same systems they have in other countries of either no fault compensation or crown indemnity.’

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