E-health liability to fall to GPs: government plan

The draft conditions, obtained by Medical Observer, would require organisations to assume all legal liability and grant department officials unrestricted access to their premises and records.

In a letter to the department, also obtained by MO, Mr Sullivan warned the association would “advise its members not to register” if the conditions remained in their current form.

The proposed conditions would require practices to agree the department had “no liability to [the practice] in respect of any loss, damage, cost, expense, claim [or] proceeding… you might suffer”, while being “responsible for any loss that [the system operator]… may incur”.

An AMA submission said it was “extremely unlikely” any organisation would register under such a condition, which “put all of the risk and liability on the [organisation] and none on the system operator”.