Coronavirus and indemnity for retired members

Retired members can reactivate their membership for three months during the pandemic at no additional cost.

The GMC has granted temporary registration to certain doctors to supplement numbers and provide cover during the emergency. Those granted temporary registration will now extend to doctors who have given up their registration or license to practise in the last six years.

Only doctors with no outstanding fitness to practise investigations or sanctions are being given temporary registration. They are able to opt out of temporary registration at any point, for any reason, explains the GMC. The GMC says doctors in this group wouldn’t be charged to re-join the medical register and wouldn’t need to revalidate during their temporary registration.

Doctors who are permanently retired can reactivate their MDU membership for access to medico-legal advice and assistance for an initial three month period at no additional cost by completing this form

Such roles will be indemnified under arrangements put in place by the NHS. However, retired members may need MDU membership for access to the additional medico-legal benefits such as help with complaints or coroners' inquests.

This guidance was correct at publication 06/04/2020. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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