Fast forward - 15 May 2012

A DECADE ago Townsville GP Dr Jim Sheppard was the first Australian doctor to feel the brunt of United Medical Protection’s slow-motion collapse when he was forced to settle a claim out of his own pocket.

Ten years on and Dr Sheppard can look back and laugh at the experience, but he told MO at the time he was left to fend for himself when UMP informed him they would not be covering his expenses.

“I have had no opportunity to clear my name… Without insurance cover, there was no way I could take a gamble and go to