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We are temporarily stopping providing travel advice and vaccinations
Posted on 19 Mar 2019
From the 1st April 2019, the government is introducing a new form of medicolegal indemnity cover for GPs which does not cover any private work for the nurses.
Until now, GPs have been required to purchase their own medicolegal cover from private medical defence companies. They have provided indemnity for all the work we do in the surgery, both in the NHS and prviately, for all the GPs and all the staff.
From the beginning of April 2019, the government is taking over the medicolegal responsibility for the NHS aspect of our service. But the GPs will continue to pay their private defence company for the private work that they still have to do (for example medical reports, adoption medicals, private sick notes and many other things that are not within the NHS but people rely on us to do).
Unfortunately ,the staff have now been left out of any cover for the private work that they do (eg travel clinics, private blood tests, other investigations as part of a medical).
Until we know more about how we can manage this and still have medicolegal cover, we have had to take the decision to stop providing some private services.
I hope you will not be too inconvenienced and we will hope to restore the service if we can later in the year.