Burning Question - I’m in private practice.

How can I protect myself in case a patient complains to the police?

The law on legal aid was changed in 2010.

This means that the CSP cannot represent members in England and Wales at the Crown Court for a work-related allegation.

Members can purchase an optional Criminal Prosecution Defence Cost insurance package to cover the costs of defending themselves against a criminal allegation, both work-related and non-work-related.

Details on the change to the law, the full policy and application form can be found in the legal services section of the CSP website. Visit: www.csp.org.uk

This is intended as general information only and does not not replace individual advice.

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