Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice
Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice

The following PI & Clinical Negligence practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice
  • Introduction
  • Indemnity for existing liabilities
  • Background—requirement for medical practitioners to carry indemnity
  • Background—arrangements for cover of GPs and staff
  • Impetus for change
  • Indemnity of medical practitioners in other settings
  • Who is covered?
  • Existing liabilities scheme
  • What activities are covered by the regulations?
  • More...

Coronavirus (Covid-19): A scheme has been launched by NHS Resolution to meet liabilities arising from the special healthcare arrangements being put in place in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It provides additional indemnity coverage for clinical negligence liabilities that may arise when healthcare workers and others are working as part of the coronavirus response or undertaking NHS work to backfill others in the event that existing arrangements (eg the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST), Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice (CNSGP) or individual arrangements) do not cover a particular activity. See further: LNB News 23/07/2020 62 and Practice Note: Identifying the correct defendant in clinical negligence claims.


The regulations, The National Health Service (Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice) Regulations 2019 (the 2019 Regulations), SI 2019/334, effective from 1 April 2019, introduced a wholly new scheme for the provision of a state-backed or crown indemnity for GP practices. As will be seen below, the indemnity, in terms of the individuals whose work is covered, is of very broad scope, encompassing not just the GPs themselves but others in their practice.

Practitioners should also be aware of the National Health Service (Existing Liabilities Scheme for General Practice) Regulations 2020 (the 2020 Regulations), SI 2020/296, effective from 6 April 2020. These regulations are intended to extend the scope of the state-backed indemnity scheme, to cover the existing liabilities of

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