DoH adviser demands a genetics GPSI per PCT

A GPSI in genetics in every PCT is needed to help advise GPs on how best to deal with insurance companies, according to the chairman of the DoH’s genetics and insurance committee.

Professor David Johns said that there had been occasions when GPs had been giving out too much information to insurance companies.

Current Association of British Insurers' (ABI) guidance states that ‘insurers are permitted to seek, with customers' consent, access to family medical history, diagnostic genetic test results and to reports from GPs, in order to accurately price the additional risk of any health problems'. 

The DoH signed a concordat and memorandum with the ABI that restricts the use of predictive genetic tests by insurers until November 2011.

Consequently, GPs are not required to tell insurers of the results of predictive genetic tests unless it is for insurance of more than £500,000 for life insurance and £300,000 for critical illness. 

But Professor Johns said: ‘We need to have at least one GPSI in genetics working in each PCT to help advice the other GPs on genetic matters.'

GPs can be asked a number of questions by insurance companies, depending on the type of policy, said Professor Johns.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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