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Should nurses have indemnity insurance?

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Members of the Royal College of Nursing who work for the NHS, private sector or independently in aesthetics will no longer be covered by the union’s indemnity scheme from July. The RCN described the change as “small” and said it was in order to close a loophole that allowed employers to shift the costs of cover onto the college.

Under NHS indemnity arrangements for clinical negligence claims, health service bodies are vicariously liable for their employees. But the RCN argued that some employers were passing on claims relating to its members to the college, rather than meeting them themselves.

What do you think?

  • Do you have indemnity cover?
  • Are you concerned about the RCN policy change?
  • Do you feel confident to work without indemnity cover?
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Readers' comments (4)

  • Anonymous

    It's outrageous that the RCN have decided to do this. I'm sure that their fees won't be reduced in return for our loss of indemnity cover. What's to stop NHS trusts paying up through their vicarious liability responsibility, and then going after any nurse they decide might be guilty of making a mistake, and suing them. We need to make a united stand against what the RCN are planning to do, and leave them en masse if they go through with it.

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  • Anonymous

    another example of a politically driven organisation who will do anything to save money and of course nursing is and always will be an easy target. Its also disgusting to the extreme that an organisation who purports to be for 'nurses and nursing' should stoop as low as the government often do by making its own raison d'etre more at risk and failing to provide support. I agree -let the RCN collapse and let the idiots who have come up with this pay the real price for targeting their own

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  • This is merely an extension of what has already happened to Practice Nurses;something I predicted would happen and was 'told would not'. Anyway we now have to have indemnity insurance,dacreed by our Masters in the European Union. I hardly expect any employer to accept vicarious liability if they can avoid paying.I think most nurses only join the RCN for legal representation and insurance. Most certainly don't engage in the professional work of the College,and a lot at Congress are retired.

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  • Anonymous

    so no point wasting ourhard earned money into the rcn then. if every nurse swithdrew their membership they might do something

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