§ Sir Michael McNair-Wilson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether general practitioners are required to provide their own medical defence insurance; and what allowance for the cost of their premiums is made in (i) the remuneration received by doctors and (ii) the way they are taxed.
§ Mr. Dorrell
[holding answer 15 November 1991]: General medical and general dental practitioners are not required by the Department to take out their own medical defence insurance, but would be expected to do so in their own interests. Subscriptions to medical defence organisations are taken into account along with other practice expenses when determining the provision to be made for expenses within the GP remuneration system, and are an allowable expense for taxation purposes.