GPs urged to reject report fee cap

GPs should ignore an agreement between insurance companies and medical reporting organisations to cap GP fees for providing reports for personal injury law cases, according to a GP leader.

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden
GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden

GPC negotiator Dr Peter Holden, former chairman of the BMA's professional fees committee, says a deal struck between 10 major insurance firms and the Association of Medical Reporting Organisations (AMRO) will foster bad practice and is intended to let the agencies skim off more profit when they sell reports on to  insurance companies.

GPs could be putting their careers on the line by agreeing to perform the work, he said.

They could be forced to cut corners and risk future litigation against themselves from disgruntled parties involved in the legal dispute, he added.

Under the agreement, doctors will be paid a maximum of £195 for medical examinations to support personal injury claims not expected to exceed £15,000.

Dr Holden said: 'The whole business is designed to force the rates down for GPs. It's about middlemen making a turn. They flog these reports on for vast sums of money. I am not in the business of paying for less able and less qualified people to make a good living.

'MROs do not represent GPs, and if they want to come to me and ask for a report, it costs what it costs based on how long it takes me to do the work.'

henry.ellis@haymarket.com

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