Indemnity scheme promises improved stability for Welsh GPs

According to the BMA, a new GP indemnity scheme in Wales is set to improve working life for doctors

The new GP indemnity scheme for Wales will provide “greater stability and certainty” for doctors, according to the government.

Health secretary, Vaughan Gething, has also stated that NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership has been chosen as the preferred partner for the scheme, which will begin in April.

The same organisation already indemnifies GPs working out-of-hours.

Gething said the Future Liability Scheme would be aligned as closely as possible to the one announced in England, thus ensuring that GP recruitment and cross-border activity is not adversely affected.

He added that the scheme will include “clinical-negligence liabilities arising from the activities of GP practice staff and other medical professionals such as salaried GPs, locum GPs, practice pharmacists, practice nurses and healthcare assistants”.

BMA Welsh GPs committee chair, Charlotte Jones, welcomed the move and said: “The proposed scheme will address one of the biggest financial pressures on GPs and will help enable all GPs, practice teams and wider cluster healthcare professionals to work more closely together taking forward the transformation of Welsh primary care.”

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