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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

The re­quire­ment for all reg­is­tered health­care pro­fes­sion­als to have pro­fes­sional in­dem­nity in­sur­ance (PII) be­came gov­ern­ment pol­icy in 2005.

The Gov­ern­ment says it will be­come law un­der sec­tion 60 of the 1999 Health Act, when the op­por­tu­nity arises.

On Fe­bru­ary 20, 15-yearold cere­bral palsy suf­ferer Ryan Gar­ri­gan was awarded £6.6m by the South Cen­tral Strate­gic Health Author­ity. He was starved of oxy­gen when he was born at the John Rad­cliffe hospi­tal in Ox­ford.

The sum paid re­flected the fact that he has a nor­mal life ex­pectancy, but will al­ways re­quire full-time care.

David Kenyon Vaughan, from Can­ter­bury based PII firm Sen­net, says other health work­ers such as den­tists tend to get in­sur­ance through their pro­fes­sional bod­ies, but that be­cause there is a rel­a­tively low num­ber of in­de­pen­dent mid­wives in Bri­tain, this would be more dif­fi­cult for them.

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