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Government surveys GPs on indemnity costs

GPs are being asked to supply details of their cost of indemnity and working patterns in a survey launched by the Government.

Created by NHS England and the Depatment of Health, the survey aims to collect information for their ongoing review into GP indemnity.

The survey, which closes at 5pm on Monday, asks for details about GP indemnity fees over the last three years and about indemnity costs for other practice staff.

It also asks whether the cost of indemnity has deterred GPs from taking on more sessions and whether GPs feel they understand the indemnity market.

NHS England promised in the GP Forward View that rising costs of GP indemnity would be addressed, with proposals to ease the indemnity crisis to be brought forward by NHS England by next month

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, has ruled out a model of Crown indemnity which he claimed still would mean GPs paying fees to the NHS Litigation Authority.

The situation with rising indemnity costs in England is causing increasing concern for GPs and practices, with fees rising 26% last year.

As revealed by Pulse, it has even prompted English GPs to move to Scotland because of lower indemnity fees north of the border.

Readers' comments (8)

  • It doesn't ask about the last 3 years.
    It asks about the current year back to 2012

    The survey is poorly written - for example it asks how many nurses a practice has but only allows a maximum answer of 5

    There is very little space to add opinion or explanation

    My costs have risen from £4400 in 2011/12 (9 sessions) to £8500 this year (8 sessions). I've asked for advice a few times but no claims. Expect these numbers are typical. In the same time my pension contributions have doubled to £30,000 a year and I'm leaving the pension scheme.

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  • Plenty of time to do this this weekend!!!

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  • nobody cares anyway - whatever results they get will be presented in a way to promote their political objectives. expect no help.

    i suspect the trap will be say that too many GPs are working part time - the 'earn more than the prime minister' label will then be paraded and it will be further decimation of T&Cs - wait and see.

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  • 3000 when i started in 2007 , 6900 last year ,now 20000 for 7 sessions a week. considering ooh job in sydney for 700k and 1/4 mdu costs. i dont make even a six figure sum to pay 20000. just because i am a locum they decided to charge me more.

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  • @Paul Frisby: Sounds as if you are stuck with MPS. This co has a reputation of 'charging you for advice' as why on earth would they double your premiums if you ask for advice. In fact, they should be grateful that you, in this case, have paid them circa 4000 per year and asked for advice reducing the risk thereby of them making a loss.

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  • As a Locum GP this is the first I have heard about this survey!
    Regrettably, I suspect NHSE/DoH hasn't emailed/posted it to any of us.
    If it closes in 4½ hours time they won't get feedback from those GPs paying the higher end of MDO charges

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  • Locum GP 12.36
    Of course Locum GPs aren't included - we would skew the results with our higher costs!

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  • MPS and other MDOs state on their websites that they do not charge for getting advice and encourage you to get in touch for peace of mind and reduce your risk before things do happen - it is the claims environment and blame/claim culture that is pushing up prices!

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