We wish to bring your attention to the issue of cover under the Medisec Master Policy (underwritten by Allianz plc) in relation to the provision of ante-natal care under the Mother and Infant Scheme. Please note that cover is in place under your policy for GP involvement in Combined Care Schemes provided that:
GPs are not covered under the Medisec Master Policy to sign up to the scheme if a patient is opting for a home birth. If a patient opts for a home birth during the scheme we advise that arrangements are made by your patient for alternative ante natal care immediately. In this regard:
Please note for avoidance of any doubt that cover is not in place for members to provide ante natal care for any patients, including private patients, opting for a home birth.
Cover is not provided for GPs to carry out the 2 and 6 week check for babies and the 6 week check for mothers in respect of delivery of care to babies or mothers in the neonatal period following a home birth, unless the mother or baby have been first checked by an obstetrician or paediatrician as appropriate and the GP is provided with evidence of such visit. Essentially, once mother or baby have been screened by the relevant expert, in the same way they would in the context of a hospital birth, there is no barrier to the GP providing care to mother or baby as normal. Cover has always been provided to GPs to see a mother or baby if they are sick.
If you have any queries in relation to the above please do not hesitate to contact one of our team.