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Midwives: Insurance

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with plans to require independent midwives to have professional indemnity insurance; and what consultation (a) has taken place and (b) is planned with (i) midwives, (ii) other healthcare professionals and (iii) women on those plans. (136426)

The White Paper stated that the introduction of compulsory indemnity insurance of all registered health professionals will be required in time.

The introduction of compulsory professional indemnity cover for midwives will require secondary legislation. A three-month public consultation will form part of that legislative process. No specific date for this has yet been set.

The chief nursing officer has met with and written to independent midwives and is investigating alternative contractual arrangements which may resolve the issue.