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New GPs will have 75% of RCGP fees paid under indemnity deal

A medical defence organisation has arranged an indemnity deal with the RCGP that will see newly qualified GPs have three-quarters of their college fees paid.

The MDDUS claims that GPs could save over £3,000 for each GP through the new deal.

The RCGP and the MDDUS say that rising indemnity costs have led to them agreeing this deal.

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: ‘Rising indemnity costs are a concern for all GPs, and in our manifesto on the run up to the General Election in June, the College is calling for this to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

‘I’m delighted that our newly qualified members can opt to benefit immediately from this discount scheme.’

MDDUS director of development David Sturgeon said: ‘Joining both bodies through this scheme provides a new lower-cost route for a new GP to get all the benefits of belonging to two innovative and complementary professional bodies.’

Mr Sturgeon said that members would have ‘access to expert medico-legal advice from our team of highly skilled advisers and lawyers’ as part of the scheme.

Last year Pulse revealed that one in four out-of-hours GPs stopped doing shifts due to indemnity costs.

Indemnity providers stress that higher indemnity costs are linked to steep rises in legal claims against GPs.