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GP appraisers assured on insurance cover

GP appraisers do not require extra insurance to cover themselves against claims which may arise from carrying out the appraisal, the Medical

Defence Union has advised.

The MDU said it had received calls from individual GPs and trusts worried that appraisers might be reported to the GMC if appraisees are unhappy with their findings.

GPs have also expressed fears that patients who believe an appraiser has not taken appropriate action against an incompetent doctor could bring cases against them.

Dr Rupert Lee, clinical risk manager at the MDU, said it had received Department of Health assurance that GPs would be covered by existing NHS indemnity from claims arising from the work. He said patients who attempted to sue a GP appraiser in the course of a claim against the GPs they appraised would have difficulty proving the appraiser owed a duty of care to the patient rather than appraisee.

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