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GPs to get extra interim help to meet rising indemnity costs

NHS England set to reimburse out-of-hours sessions over winter period

Caroline White

Thursday, 10 December 2015

NHS England has pledged to help GPs cope with extra demand over the winter period by reimbursing the indemnity costs for out-of-hours sessions.

Out-of-hours providers have repeatedly raised the issue of rising indemnity costs as a barrier to delivering care.

A £2 million pot will be made available to help with immediate out-of-hours provision while longer-term solutions are found.

The NHS England Winter indemnity scheme has been developed with the medical defence bodies, to offset the additional indemnity premium for GPs who wish to work additional sessions for their out-of-hours providers.

The scheme will run between December 2015 and March 2016 so that doctors can commit to more out-of-hours sessions without the need to negotiate additional changes to their level of indemnity cover.

GPs who wish to commit to working additional sessions will agree a number they are likely to work over the period with their out-of-hours provider. Once confirmed, GPs will be able to approach their medical defence body to access a bespoke package, funded by NHS England, which would give the doctor cover for their additional commitment to the service.

This indemnity package will be accessed via the websites of the medical defence bodies who will invoice NHS England directly on a monthly basis.

Rosamond Roughton, Director of NHS Commissioning, said: “Rising indemnity costs are having a serious impact on GPs as well as stifling innovation in primary care delivery. We are determined to help resolve this issue and this announcement is just part of the work we are doing with our partners to further support GPs and the wider care primary care workforce.”

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