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?