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GP Appointment? How Long Will It Take?

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

It is well known that GP surgeries are over prescribed and we all know how hard it can be to get an appointment.

The government needs to attract more GPs to the profession however rising insurance costs for GPs will put many off which will have a knock on effect on other health services such as waiting times in A&E.

The average insurance cost has risen to around £8,000 per average GP and GP Online state 9 out of 10 GPs saw their costs rise in 2017

The government has introduced the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice which will come into effect from 1st April 2019 and be run by NHS Resolution.

GPs will now be able to register as members of this scheme and NHS Resolution will take responsibility for claims against GP’s (as it already does for other NHS health professionals).

All NHS GP service providers will be members of the scheme free of charge and it will cover all GPs and other staff working in delivery of primary medical services, including locum and salaried GPs, prison GP, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals.

At Wilson Browne we act for many clients in claims against GPs. Often the claims relate to delays in diagnosis and treatment that stem from primary care. GPs work under huge pressure and 10 minute appointments often just is not sufficient to deal with the complex problems they have in front of them.

To reduce the number of patients affected by negligence against GPs and improve patient safety we need more doctors who can spend more time with patients.

Medical Defence Union who provide insurance to GPs have confirmed their rates will fall once the scheme is introduced which will attract future GPs. The new scheme is to ease the burden and pressure placed upon GPs and GP surgeries, and help encourage recruitment of future GPs to deal with the increasing demand.

If you were affected by the GP negligence before the introduction of the scheme your claim will still be dealt with by the Medical Defence Union and any claims arising after 1 April 2019 will be handled by NHS resolution.

The Clinical Negligence solicitors at Wilson Browne are experienced at dealing with both organisations, the MDU and NHS Resolution.

If you think you may have been affected by the negligence contact our Specialist Team.

Louise Tyler


Louise Tyler


Louise is the Head of the Medical Negligence Team working in this area of law for 25 years. She is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, the AvMA (Action for Victims of Medical Accidents) Panel and been appointed to the Executive Committee…