Do I need membership of a defence organisation if I am employed by the NHS?

Indemnity provided by an NHS body should protect you against clinical negligence claims, but that is all. For instance, your employer is not liable for the potentially considerable legal costs arising from a GDC investigation and without defence organisation membership you would find yourself unsupported if you faced a GDC complaint. If you face a disciplinary investigation and hearing by your employer about your clinical practice, clearly your employer will not provide you with representation. Also, you will not be indemnified for any work you do independently or privately. 

We believe it is in your best interests to have access to your own independent dento-legal advice and support. 

This guidance was correct at publication . It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.

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