Thursday, 21st April 2016

AMII Chairman Stuart Scullion called on members to “work together to make a difference” at the Association’s recent Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Held at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire, the AGM was attended by representatives of healthcare businesses and organisations from across the country, and included membership elections as well as presentations from key industry representatives.

Addressing the delegates, Stuart said: “AMII membership is becoming broader all the time making us very much the voice of the UK health and wellbeing industry, representing intermediaries, insurers and product providers.

“Now we need to use our voice and work together to make a real difference in our ever evolving industry.

“There are a number of issues we need to tackle head on, the obvious one being the recent increases in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT), and a consolidated, concerted approach is now needed to address these and subsequently shape our industry.”

Sue Weir, CEO of Medicash, presenting on the pressing issue of IPT said: “This is a stealth tax that affects millions of people. It will place a further burden on an already hugely strained National Health Service and it directly contradicts all the Government’s stated commitments around the health and wellbeing of the nation.”

Steve Jenkins, Director of Financial Services and Insurance Markets at the Chartered Insurance Institute, spoke about the importance of professional standards, and Nick Reynolds from Aviva UK Health presented on conduct risk from an insurer’s view.

Nick Brayne from Pinsure also spoke on professional indemnity and David Thomson from Branko Ltd updated delegates on intermediary compliance.

Following the members’ vote, Paul Swanson from Healthwise Limited and Debbie Jones from Anglia Healthcare were re-elected to continue in their roles on the Executive Committee and Andrew Apps from Bellwood Prestbury Ltd was also elected to the Executive Committee.