‘Medico-legal disease’ is about when a doctor’s involvement in medico-legal matters, particularly claims or complaints involving them, have a significant impact on their own health. MIGA is conscious that ‘medico-legal disease’ can have devastating effects on a doctor’s confidence, relationships, physical and mental health, and potentially on their care of patients. These effects don’t necessarily end when a matter resolves. The disease can become chronic and, in some cases, doctors have walked away from medicine.
At MIGA we are often contacted by our clients for advice in relation to various work-related stressors such as harassment, bullying, discrimination and ethical dilemmas. Anecdotally, we know these issues cause enormous stress for practitioners, however we are only now beginning to see research emerge from around the world that validates just how many doctors and midwives are affected by these issues in the workplace.
When a client’s premises suffered serious fire damage, the business was up and running again within two weeks. Such a quick recovery was made possible because the practice had Business Insurance which included cover for Business Interruption. Their policy provided them with ready access to payments to cover temporary relocation and other after loss costs enabling them to resume normal trading.