HC Deb 23 January 1990 vol 165 cc665-6W
51. Sir Michael McNair-Wilson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Health Service indemnity scheme for doctors in National Health Service hospitals is now in place.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

Yes. With effect from 1 January 1990, health authorities are taking direct financial responsibility in claims of negligence against their medical staff. In December the Department of Health issued a circular to health authorities and a leaflet for all doctors and dentists in the hospital and community health services. A copy of the circular, HC(89)34, and of the leaflet, "Medical Negligence" are available in the Library.

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