New insurance rules for medical practitioners in Ireland

90593444The Irish Medical Times today reports that the government is preparing to make changes that would ensure all medical practitioners have clinical indemnity cover. As part of the proposed amendments to the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, it will be compulsory for all establishments with a duty of care towards patients to be covered by the appropriate insurance policy. Dr James Reilly, Minister for Health, warned that cosmetic surgery patients ‘should ascertain the level of follow-up medical support which will be available to them after the surgery has been completed’, before they agree to undergo any procedure. Dr Reilly added that all those seeking invasive surgery should endeavour to find a reputable clinic that is registered with the Medical Council. The new rules will be considered by the Medical Council after June 20, when their offices will be closed to comments on the subject.