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Membership benefits

As a medical defence organisation, the Doctors and Dentists Protection Union, offers the following unique set of discretionary benefits. Subject to the terms and conditions, the member will be entitled to the following benefits, broadly divided into five categories (see Membership)

A.Employment

B.Professional regulatory

C.Training & Careers

D.Professional development

E.Civil & Criminal Court issues

  1. Comprehensive defence and advice in all professional disciplinary matters in Training, in Employment, before the NHS Commissioning Board or before the GMC/GDC
  2. Representation in member’s legal action arising out of Employment, and for those who are not in Employment but have an agreement for the provision of services as a medical or dental professionals, then representation in contractual dispute arising from such agreement
  3. Advice and Representation in Performers list issues for GP and GDP principals and trainees
  4. Representation in Coroner’s Inquests or, in Scotland, Fatal Accident Inquiry
  5. For NHS Hospital doctors, professional negligence indemnity for certain specified Fee-Paying Services (previously known as Category 2 Work)[1]
  6. Advice and Representation for trainees in ARCP appeals
  7. Advice and representation in defending a member where work as a medical or dental professional results in-
    1. Prosecution in a court of criminal jurisdiction
    2. Civil action under legislation for unlawful discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, age, religious belief, or political opinion
    3. Civil action being taken against the member under legislation for Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 or the serving of a Statutory Notice under Health and Safety legislation
    4. Civil action being taken against the member as a trustee of a pension fund set up for the benefit of employer’s employees, and
    5. Civil action being taken against the member under section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 including indemnification against award of compensation under Section 13 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (provided that registration has been approved by the Information Commissioner).
  8. Advice regarding terms and conditions of service:
    1. Salary progression
    2. Leave entitlement
    3. Removal expenses and Travelling expenses
    4. Contract of employment
  9. Advice in professional issues:
    1. Confidentiality
    2. Ethical issues
    3. Medico legal practice
    4. Clinical Excellence Award
    5. Career progression including advice in CESR and CEGPR application process
    6. Local and national guidelines
  10. Advice and representation in grievance procedure commenced by a member:
    1. Involving a dispute about terms and conditions of employment including remuneration, and
    2. Involving a complaint of bullying, harassment, whistle-blowing or discrimination

The benefits are discretionary and provided by Medic-Law Ltd (who, in respect of some of the benefits are backed by legal expenses insurance, terms and conditions apply, full details available on request).

[1] Professional negligence indemnity for Fee-Paying Services (previously known as Category 2 Work) is arranged by Servca Group. Servca Group is a trading style of Servca Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Number: FRN 596006.