Administrators from auditing firm KPMG are investigating after IMS, trading as IMS Indemnity Ltd and IMS Litigation, went into administration earlier this month.KPMG will report back to creditors within 10 weeks of its appointment on 7 June.
BMA medico-legal committee chairman Dr Jan Wise said the majority of doctors owed money by IMS were GPs. He estimated that around 3,000 doctors in total were out of pocket.
'GPs are the majority of the creditors - I think the average debt is probably around £2,000 to each of them,' Dr Wise said. Much of the money may not be recoverable, he warned.
However, there was a possibility that cash could be recouped via the courts or if cases GPs had provided reports for had not yet been settled.
'If the case hasn't been settled then a substantial proportion of the fee could be recoverable,' Dr Wise said. 'If the case is ongoing and the GP hasn't been paid, they can write to the solicitors who commissioned the report and claim that intellectual property has not been discharged.'
Dr Wise added that a class action to recover debts might also be possible. He said that in some cases the medical reporting firms had referred to themselves in writing as 'agents' of the solicitors who commissioned reports.
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