Medico-legal fees could rise £250 after court ruling

Medical indemnity fees could rise by up to £250 a year if three court rulings that swell compensation payouts to severely damaged patients are upheld.

The families of the patients have won damages, but the formula used to calculate the amount of money needed to fund lifelong care is in dispute. The fallout could leave GPs having to pay up to £250 more a year for medico-legal cover.

An appeal hearing to settle all three disputes is due to take place on November 12 at London’s Court of Appeal.

Judges in the cases said payments should be determined by the Office for National Statistics’ annual survey of hours and earnings (ASHE) of care workers instead of the Retail Price Index (RPI) traditionally used to measure inflation.

The Medical Defence Union, the Medical Protection Society, Towergate and Howden Medical are backing the appeal.

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