Letter: Should we take a leaf from solicitors' book?

Dear Editor

I needed to renew my surgery lease and contacted a solicitor. A common 'off-the-shelf' lease was used. I was then asked to get the landlord and a witness to sign it as well as myself.

It took the solicitor about 15 minutes to fill in the document and about four letters were sent in total.

The bill, the point of this letter, was astronomical - over £450. Neatly tucked away at the foot of the bill was a 'contribution (£30) towards professional indemnity insurance'.

Now, I wonder can GPs start doing a similar thing to solicitors. For example, when we are fleeced into copying multitudes of letter to solicitors, can we not ask for a reasonable sum likewise?

Should I abandon, or modify, my usual practice, of looking up the BMA rate, and add perhaps £20 to £30 to the solicitor's invoice?

Can we try and start a national campaign about this?

Dr John Redmond, Filton, Bristol.

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