General Practitioners: Insurance

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Julie Cooper Julie Cooper Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care) (Community Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the NHS of a state-backed GP indemnity scheme in England.

Photo of Julie Cooper Julie Cooper Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care) (Community Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the potential average saving to GPs which would result from the implementation of a state-backed GP indemnity scheme in England.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The state backed scheme is being designed to provide more stable, affordable and financially sustainable indemnity cover for general practitioners (GPs). A state backed scheme will enable the Government to have greater overall sight of costs and claims.

The scheme should meet the needs of current and future GPs and offer value for money for taxpayers. This involves complex considerations about funding which are being worked through, and we are working with HM Treasury and NHS England to assess the potential future cost of the scheme. We cannot provide the estimates that result from these assessments as this would prejudice commercial interests.

The Government is working with medical defence organisations, general practice representatives and other key stakeholders in the design of the scheme.

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