The Medical Defence Union (MDU), the UK's leading medical defence organisation, today announced its support for retired members with a package of benefits to help them return to work during the Covid-19 outbreak.
This follows news that the GMC is offering temporary registration to 15,000 doctors who left the register or gave up their license to practise in the last three years.
The MDU support for retired doctors returning to practice during the Covid-19 outbreak includes:
Dr Matthew Lee, MDU head of professional services, said:
"We know that during these unprecedented times, our members are focusing on looking after patients. The package of support we have announced is aimed at allowing returning doctors to focus on their key role during the outbreak. Members can be reassured they can call for advice at any time and we are there to support them if medico-legal issues arise.
"Retired doctors coming back into practice will be indemnified for claims by the NHS but may need support with other issues such as complaints or coroners' inquests. We want to reassure members that the MDU is on hand to answer their medico-legal queries and we are continuing to provide a high level of service."
This guidance was correct at publication 20/03/2020. 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.