Independent practitioners in Scotland are being encouraged to benefit from a revision of their subscriptions to the Medical Defence Union (MDU) after suffering financial losses during the pandemic.
Mr Jerrard Ross
The new head of Scottish affairs for the union, Mr Jerard Ross, said the country’s doctors in private practice had experienced a tough two years during Covid-19.
He told Independent Practitioner Today: ‘The MDU recognises the pandemic has been a very challenging time for doctors in independent practice in Scotland.
‘Many doctors faced a drop in in their independent practice income and some will be unsure what their income might be going forward.
‘Our liaison managers and membership team understand these difficulties and can adjust subscriptions to reflect the realities of practice.’
Former consultant neurosurgeon Mr Ross said the MDU had a wide range of educational resources available to members, including a course available for doctors interested in setting up in private practice.
He aims to develop more educational resources for members in Scotland: ‘This has never been more important because doctors have needed to adapt their practice to the rapidly changing guidance and circumstances of the pandemic. We have increased our webinar programme accordingly with resources tailored for Scottish members.’
The defence body has appointed him to champion the interests of the MDU’s growing number of members in Scotland. Over the last four years Scottish membership has grown almost 30%.
Mr Ross, who has worked at the MDU for eight years and was previously a consultant in Edinburgh, will head up the organisation’s Scottish team.