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State-backed indemnity scheme to cover 'all GPs for all NHS work'

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My gut says this man can not be trusted, hope is telling me it sounds like good news. I couldn’t see why we should expect cover for private work, private work is not compulsory, If it doesn’t make financial sense to do private work either put up your fees or don’t do it. I suspect what will materialise will be some kind of tax linked reimbursement, or price control monitored by an independant regulator - like in the energy market. I can’t see a conservative government nationalising private businesses like the MDU/MDDUS/MPS or putting them out of business by offering crown indemnity in their place. I’m sure the government is subject to fairly aggressive lobbying by these companies who would do anything to prevent that happening. The bottom line is this government cares about business not public services. They will be talking to the indemnity companies first, the BMA won’t figure much. We will still be paying indemnity fees, the change will come in the form of regulation, not cash or anything which would actually cost the government any actual money up front, it doesn’t have any.

Posted date

12 Oct 2017

Posted time

2:37pm

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