GPs are being urged by the Medical Defence Union to lobby parliamentary candidates on potentially ‘unaffordable’ increases in indemnity costs.
The union says millions have been added to the cost of clinical negligence claims after the Lord Chancellor reduced the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75%, effective from 20 March this year.
Chief Executive of the Medical Defence Union (MDU), Dr Christine Tomkins, says this means a previous settlement for £8.4 million would now settle for £17.5 million.
The MDU says GPs will be left to pay the ‘unaffordable’ costs of any claims if the government does not provide the financial support it promised. The union’s Save General Practice campaign is calling on the government to provide financial support to GPs for rising costs.
Despite regular discussions with government departments since December 2016, the MDU says no solution has been announced by the government.
Dr Tomkins said: ‘The MDU… has made clear to the government that GPs should not have to bear these unaffordable costs. We will continue negotiating with government to find a workable solution.’