What are Transitional Benefits?

The Governments in England and Wales have introduced a state-backed indemnity scheme for primary care in England and Wales from 1 April, for future liabilities.

For such a scheme to be workable it must assume responsibility for claims costs which happened before 1 April under an NHS contract. No agreement has yet been reached about existing liabilities.

As a result we introduced Transitional Benefits. Transitional Benefits differ from standard MDU member benefits in the following regard only.

For any work you do under:

  • an NHS primary care contract in England or Wales, including as an employee or locum working in a practice/company which has an NHS primary care contract, or;
  • an APMS OOH contract with a CCG, or;
  • integrated urgent care delivered through an NHS Standard Contract.

You can report new claims arising from incidents occurring during a period of Transitional Benefits and have access to assistance and indemnity on these claims from the MDU while you remain an active paying member of the MDU or are in a period of Extended Benefit Rights, up until the point the state-backed scheme assumes responsibility for these historic claims.

transitional benefits explained

This guidance was correct at publication 13/03/2019. 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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