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Schools asked GP practices to indemnify their use of adrenaline for allergies

Schools have asked GPs to indemnify their use of emergency adrenaline auto-injectors for allergies against all claims, according to GP leaders in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Practices in the region reported the requests to their local LMC, arguing it was not possible for them to know what training the staff administrating the treatment have had.

Local GP leaders warned practices not to sign any such requests and called on the schools to train their staff appropriately.

In a news update to local GPs, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC said: ‘The LMC has been made aware of some forms from schools relating to emergency adrenaline auto-injectors where schools ask practices to sign up to a statement.'

According to the LMC, the statement said: 'We agree to indemnify the head teacher, the school staff and the local authority against all claims, costs, actions and demands whatsoever resulting from the administration of the medicine unless such claim, costs, actions or demands result out of the negligence of the head teacher, the school’s staff or the local authority.'

The LMC added: ‘LMC members were concerned, as GPs can have no knowledge of the training that school staff have had. It was felt that schools needed to discharge their own duty of care for their pupils and to train their staff accordingly.

‘The LMC’s advice is not to sign forms indemnifying other organisations.’

It said that practices are only required to issue the 'necessary prescription for the child'.

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMC chief executive Dr Peter Graves told Pulse that following the LMC's advice, ‘no school has approached us to express its concern’.

He added: ‘If they do, we will go to the council’s education department to ask for their view and point out how impossible this would be.’

Last year, English schools were told they could now purchase adrenaline auto-injector devices without a prescription for emergency use when children at risk of anaphylaxis have issues with their device, such as it not being available or not working.

Schools have previously said pupils will need a note from their GP to excuse them from PE lessons, in an attempt to tackle false sick notes.


Readers' comments (15)

  • Crumbs, they'll be asking us to provide motor insurance next.

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  • what do the defence unions say about this? I bet they're all for more exposure to unquantified risk.
    Is the 1st of April the new Groundhog Day?

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  • April fools day I think
    No news on indemnity
    Soon to be 3 months late from what was promised
    Meanwhile more of our colleagues leave

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  • you will have to say people are safe to have shotguns next!
    oops that has happened already.
    Don't expect my team to protect you

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  • doctordog.

    Train your staff and buy your own f—-ing insurance!

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  • Lol bless them for trying!

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  • Idiots are ignoring their own guidance !

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  • Oh, I don't know, it looks like another moneyspinner to me.
    Ask your defence organisation how much extra to include this indemnity, and then bill it to the teachers and include an insurance arrangement fee, of, say, 20%, and an intermediary/representation fee of 20% plus any costs of actual attendance?
    But make sure you get a direct debit form signed and receive the money before you pass on to MDO - and remember to include a clause requiring permanent renewal or loss of all indemnity cover - as is common in such commercial arrangements!

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  • No no, no no no no, no no no no, no no theirs no limit.

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  • Doesn't surprise me. It seems only GPs are willing to take 'a risk'. Which is why everything is pushed onto us. It almost feels we are here to take the blame for everything which goes wrong in someone's life

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