NHS Boss under pressure from Derbyshire doctor over soaring GP costs

NHS England Chief executive Simon Stevens

NHS England Chief executive Simon Stevens

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The chief executive of NHS England has promised to personally investigate the rising medical indemnity costs after being challenged by a Derbyshire GP.

He was confronted with repeated warnings from Derbyshire Health United’s clinical chairman, Dr Aqib Bhatti at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool on May 27, who struck out with claims that doctors were being forced to quit the profession or move abroad.

Derbyshire doctor, Aqib Bhatti

Derbyshire doctor, Aqib Bhatti

Doctors are being quoted medical indemnity insurance fees of up to £30,000 a year, he said, adding: “people are leaving the service, and leaving the country”.

He pushed the NHS national chief to investigate the issue facing GPs, as well as improving GP recruitment and bringing pharmacies back into primary healthcare.

Dr Bhatti repeated a warning he made last month at the UK LMCs conference that GPs were being quoted fees of up to £30,000 a year for medical indemnity. “People are leaving the service, and leaving the country,” he told the NHS chief executive.

Mr Stevens assured Dr Bhatti: “I will take a look at that personally.”