Press Release

Tánaiste Publishes Review of Caps on Indemnity Cover for Hospital Consultants Engaged in Private Practice

The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, today published the report of an independent actuarial study of the effectiveness of the caps on indemnity cover for hospital engaged in private practice that were introduced by the Government in 2004.

The caps were introduced to coincide with the extension of the Clinical Indemnity Scheme to include medical negligence claims against consultants. The objective of the caps is to ensure that the cost of professional indemnity cover for private practice remains affordable for the doctors concerned.

The independent review was recommended by the Labour Court, and was carried out by Lane Clark & Peacock, Actuaries and Consultants, London, on behalf of the Department of Health and Children.

The main conclusion of the review is that the caps, as introduced, are continuing to ensure that the cost of professional indemnity cover for private practice remains affordable, and that there is no justification for adjusting the caps, other than for neurosurgery and spinal orthopaedics.

The Tánaiste has indicated to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association and the Irish Medical Organisation that she is prepared to act on the findings of the review in relation to these two specialities