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As a result, 15 doctors have been removed from the register, a Council spokesperson told the Medical Independent. Of the remaining 17 doctors, seven have now provided the appropriate evidence and are no longer subject to removal.
“The remaining 10 doctors have been in contact with the Council and have indicated they will be providing the evidence within the coming days. They have been advised failure to do so will see them removed in January 2019.”
Minutes of a governance meeting in November 2018 between the Department of Health and the Medical Council stated that “of the initial 176 doctors who didn’t provide evidence of professional indemnity, there are now less than 100. If they don’t provide evidence, they will be removed from the register”.
Since 6 November 2017, all new applicants to the Medical Council must provide evidence of professional medical indemnity under the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act 2017.
In May 2018, the Council highlighted the new legal provisions relating to professional medical indemnity in tandem with the opening of the annual retention period.
At the time, the Council pointed out that most practitioners would already have professional indemnity and the only change for these doctors would be completing the appropriate declaration and, in some cases, providing a copy of their indemnity cover certificate to the Council.
In addition, the Council noted that some practitioners would have to review their level of indemnity to ensure they had the correct cover for the scope of their practice.