Updated statement about existing liabilities scheme

Updated statement about existing liabilities schemes for MDU GP members in England and Wales

On Thursday 23 April 2020, the MDU was given permission to seek judicial review of decisions by the Department of Health & Social Care, and the Welsh Government concerning their failure to introduce an existing liability scheme for the MDU’s GP members in England and Wales with effect from 1 April 2019.

Dr Christine Tomkins, MDU chief executive, said:

'Although state indemnity for general practice (through CNSGP in England and GMPI in Wales) was launched in England & Wales on 1 April 2019 for clinical negligence claims arising from incidents on or after that date, the Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers have still not addressed liabilities arising from incidents before that date for the MDU's GP members.

'It remains a concern that so many GPs do not have state indemnity in place for their existing liabilities. On Thursday 23 April we were given permission to seek Judicial Review of the failure to put in place existing liability schemes for our GP members in England and Wales.

'We will continue to pursue a legal solution, but that should not prevent DHSC and the Welsh government engaging with us in a meaningful and constructive way, taking positive steps to reach agreement. We hope they will commit to exploring alternative means of ending this impasse. Our preferred option remains an agreed solution that makes good on each governments’ promise to protect GPs from the rising cost of claims.'