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Lincolnshire LMC closes discount indemnity deal for EU GPs

Lincolnshire LMC has signed a deal with MDDUS for discounted indemnity cover for its recently-hired GPs from the EU.

The 'blueprint' area for NHS England's wider EU recruitment scheme said there was no problem finding indemnity for the doctors, but that MDDUS offered a package deal with reduced cost because they would be practising 'in a supported environment'.

The LMC has brought in 25 GPs from Europe which will go through a six-to-12-month supported training programme, followed by two years of support and mentoring to help fully integrate them into British general practice. It is expecting another cohort in August.

MDDUS director of development David Sturgeon said: 'Models of care are changing and we are delighted to work alongside Lincolnshire LMC to provide their new recruits with a tailored product with competitive rates and flexible indemnity arrangements.

'These new recruits will have access to expert advice and support as well as all our MDDUS education programmes and online resources.'

Lincolnshire LMC medical director Dr Kieran Sharrock told Pulse that all MDOs were willing to indemnify the GPs on individual merit but that MDDUS 'approached us to make an offer of an enhanced package with reduced costs, as the doctors would be in a supported environment and thus be at a lower risk'.

He added: 'We gratefully worked with them on this basis and the practices and doctors are benefiting from this reduced indemnity cost.'

The parties did not disclose the financial details of the arrangement.

Readers' comments (5)

  • meanwhile the rest of us continue to have to cough up excessive fees

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  • I just nearly choked on my coffee... ? what. My fees went up 15% again this year.

    These people are surely very high risk..why should the rest of us subsidise them..

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  • Everyone is high risk
    Everyone should pay the same.

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  • The LMC has done little to try and get all practices the same benefit.
    Some practices get £170 per patient and great modern premises, like the hospitals. Others get £60 per patient and run down premises.
    So no surprise ..bad
    The CCG was to be doctors doing service locally ..
    Rubbish as only beneficiaries are the leads and cronies..bad

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  • @7 day worker: corruption starts at the CCg levels, filters through the LMC layer and stems from NHSE. This is the acceptable norm in UK and looking at the profiles and backgrounds of NHSE officials some of them protégé of the rich started as Managers bossing over GPs at the age of 25-30 and are now heads of PCAs. Others may having banking or army backgrounds- it's all about connections. I have had a Head of a PCA saying thrice in a meeting with LMC and CCG officials at the table, that he did not care about patient opinion. Banana republic that's what this state within a state has become!And the southeast is the rotten end!

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