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Check insurance and indemnity cover, GMC tells doctors

The General Medical Council (GMC) has updated its guidance for doctors on insurance and indemnity to coincide with new state-backed clinical negligence schemes that launched this week for GPs across England and Wales.

Doctors have a statutory requirement to make sure their insurance and indemnity cover is adequate, and of sufficient value to cover any claims made on their clinical practice in the UK.

Any doctor covered by a state-backed scheme will therefore need to maintain membership of a medical defence organisation, indemnity provider or insurer to be covered for any non-NHS or private work they do.

The GMC’s updated guidance also applies to doctors with European-based cover, which may be affected if and when the UK leaves the European Union (EU).