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Hancock hints indemnity scheme could be paid for with GP core funding

Exclusive Health secretary Matt Hancock has hinted the state-backed indemnity scheme - due to start in April - could be funded using GP core funding.

Speaking to Pulse, Mr Hancock said his priority was stopping the cost of indemnity from spiraling ever higher, but when questioned on funding he said the ‘costs have to fall somewhere’.

NHS England is looking at where the money for the long-awaited scheme will come from, as part of the next GP contract negotiations, he explained.

Asked whether the state-backed indemnity scheme will come out of GP core funding, Mr Hancock told Pulse: ‘Clearly the costs of indemnity have been rising sharply.’

‘Those costs have to fall somewhere. And our goal is to stop the rise in those costs and I very much hope that we can support GPs in making sure that system works far better in the future,’ he said.

Mr Hancock continued: ‘The exact nature of the future, where the future liabilities, where the cost of it sits as opposed to the risk, is tied to the negotiations around the GP contract.'

‘NHS England is leading on that,’ he added.

An NHS England spokesperson said: ‘NHS England is supportive of the Government’s proposal for a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs and is working closely with Department for Health and Social Care on its implementation.’

The BMA said it could not comment on the indemnity scheme, including the issue of funding, as negotiations were ongoing.

Readers' comments (36)

  • My OOH organisation has a group scheme that covers my ooh work
    I no longer pay indemnity fees
    Surely this can be replicated in mainstream general practice?
    GP s are already being short changed on pay so the government must have the extra funds !!?

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  • I will not carry out any locum sessions in daytime practice until my indemnity is funded
    I will no longer work for too little at the cost of my personal and family needs

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  • Rob Peter to Rob Peter to pay the taxman

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  • Obviously financially favors locums over partners.
    Is it any wonder that almost all newly qualified GPs are becoming portfolio/locum Gps?

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  • If the payment comes out of core funding, it will actually cost GP partners 40% more as they will no longer be able to claim tax relief on it.

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  • God if they cock this up watch the collapse accelerate rapidly.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    To me it's simple. Just extend the cover that secondary care has. The costs would be tiny compared to the costs of the B-word. And maybe changing the system totally and going over to a NZ-style "no fault" compensation? But I forget, that would reduce work for some lawyers and an awful lot of supposedly full-time MPs are also....lawyers.

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  • So the financial pot/trough for providing medical care to GBP is being sucked dry by managers and lawyers - not going to be much left for medical/nursing/etc staff, even though it’s them that actually provide the service? Predictable result?

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  • AlanAlmond

    "So the financial pot/trough for providing medical care to GBP is being sucked dry by managers and lawyers" a good point, if this money comes out of core funding its straight forward removing money from clinical care and paying it to the insurance industry and lawyers. what a steaming pile..well done Handcock

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  • really can't be bothered with all the nonsense anymore - 3 years, 5m and 9 days to go for early retirement. but unlike government this is not a hint. just so you know the difference.

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