Medical Defence

There is information about medical defence and indemnity and contact details for the 3 medical defence organisations on the BMA website at:

The Medical Protection Society (MPS) website includes information on NHS Indemnity:

The NHS Litigation Authority is a not-for-profit part of the NHS which manages negligence and other claims against the NHS in England on behalf of their member organisations:

NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA)

The websites for the 3 medical defence organisations in the UK are as follows:

Medical Defence Union (MDU)

Medical Protection Society (MPS) and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS)

GP Trainees

For GP trainees working in the hospital service, the same rules apply as to junior hospital doctors (NHS employed doctors: work covered and not covered).

Work carried out during your general practice training placements is not covered by the indemnity scheme. For the periods in which GP trainees are receiving a salary in general practice, both they and their trainers should be fully indemnified through defence society membership or otherwise.

Reimbursement of Medical Defence Fees

Please be aware that the GP trainee's medical defence subscription for a GP placement is much higher than the subscription that would have been payable in their last hospital post - the difference in subscription is reimbursed via payroll in your GP placement.