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Medical Indemnity

You are normally covered by the NHS Hospital and Community Health Services indemnity against claims of medical negligence arising from the course of this employment. However in certain circumstances (especially in services for which you receive a separate fee) you may not be covered by the indemnity. The Health Department therefore advises that you maintain membership of a medical defence organisation. A Copy of NHS Circular 1989 (PCS) 32 on indemnity arrangements issued in December 1989 is available here.

Trainees are covered by NHS indemnity for clinical negligence claims arising from their work however we would encourage all trainees to maintain membership of a medical defence organisation in line with the circular above.

If you have an queries, please contact your employing Board. For information about lead employer arrangements please see the Turas Hub.


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