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RCN to cease indemnity cover for most nurses

Most Royal College of Nursing (RCN) members will no longer have indemnity cover against clinical negligence claims provided. 

The change was in order to close a loophole that allowed employers to shift the costs of cover into the college. 

Under current arrangements, staff should be covered by their trust's indemnity cover. 

Employers passing on claims related to RCN members was costing the college around £5 million per year. 

However, most self-employed members will continue to be covered by the RCN scheme. 

RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter (pictured) said: “Most members won't notice a change at all, but this ensures that the responsibility for claims rests with those who should be paying - namely the employer - so that we can focus on protecting, representing and supporting members in other work-related and professional legal areas. This means that neither our members nor the RCN will pay the price for underperforming employers.

“The RCN will continue to represent and support all members in the workplace and at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.” 

Legal support and workplace representation will continue for all members. Last year the RCN supported more than 14,000 members in their workplace, with a further 1,200 through Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) proceedings.

More information on the indemnity scheme is available on the RCN website