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This article was published on July 26th, 2017
The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has announced that it will no longer cover spinal injury surgical procedures in private hospitals.
Across the health sector, insurance premiums continue to rise and the increased number of claims and the cost of said claims have resulted in the body refusing to cover doctors performing spinal surgeries in the future.
The catalyst behind the decision is purported to be the fact that the MDU consider that it may be cheaper to withdraw cover for doctors performing spinal surgery than to address practice issues that would benefit patients inevitably increasing their safety.
The view is that this decision could leave doctors high and dry and put incredible added pressure onto an NHS that is already at capacity, given that they would have to shoulder the burden of carrying out these procedures. Doctors may also be forced to either self-insure or stop practicing certain surgical procedures altogether.
One senior solicitor said: ” we are seeing a concerted effort by indemnity insurers to reduce their liability in both the private and public sector, with the focus being placed upon minimising the financial consequences of negligence, rather than focusing on the root causes.”
“Any legal reforms that prevent patients from receiving full and fair compensation for their injury will only be to the detriment of the patients.”
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