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Group of GP practices negotiate block indemnity deal with defence organisation

A GP federation including 16 practices has negotiated a block indemnity deal with one of the medical defence organisations.

One Wight Health Limited, which covers the Isle of Wight, said that as many GPs had already been members with the Medical Protection Society, it had ’seemed like a natural extension of that to work across the island in a joined up way’.

The deal comes as Pulse has previously rerported on private insurers cutting deals with three GP groups amid rapidly rising costs of medical indemnity.

Asked whether the block deal would provide the One Wight Health with savings on indemnity, MPS head of medical services Dr Rob Hendry said: ’The specific terms of this agreement are commercially sensitive but in order to help manage risk effectively and to create compelling arrangements we encourage federations with MPS to work towards 100% membership.

'This enables us to better support them as they grow and undertake new services, as well as improve their ability to manage the risk they face through high quality, at scale education.'

He added that MPS now has 'a long term agreement to support the development of new services on the island'.

One Wight Health, which is one of NHS England’s new care model ’vanguards’, includes 130 GPs in total, but also provides some hospital, community and mental health services.

Development manager Jo Seward said the deal would mean GPs and staff could ’quickly access indemnity advice to underpin proposals for changes as we implement an island-wide transformation programme across health and care services’.

Last year insurance broker Lockton said a GP federation, formed of 15 practices, had signed a deal that would save GPs an estimated 75% compared with their previous combined indemnity costs, while two out-of-hours groups had also signed deals with profit-making companies.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Surely just charge us all £20k pa and stop paying us altogether - that should improve recruitment! let's face it lawyers rule the world and will continue to drive us all to retirement in search of any spurious case they can and drag it out for years. MDOs don't care, just keep pushing up those fees.

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  • Just Your Average Joe

    MPS head of medical services Dr Rob Hendry said: ’The specific terms of this agreement are commercially sensitive

    Sorry but why is it commercially sensitive?

    It is representing members where generally there is usually one fee - and it is not meant to be a profit making organisation - so if they are offering a hefty discount, why should others not all be able to pay the same fee as risk is not reduced by using the safe organisation, so it is financially affordable for them to charge a lower fee.

    All indemnity and insurance is a big pyramid scheme con job. The insurance companies all make money, it is the doctors who all pay.

    Many doctors have never had a claim but have paid out all the careers, paying for others and profits for the companies, and just another tax of limit incomes cut from successive governments.

    Time to scrap medical insurances and have crown indemnity for all GPs and Out of hours.

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