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To request any private work or copies of your records, please email addressing the Secretary team on firstname.lastname@example.org with an attached Subject Access Request (SAR) form with attached Photo ID.
There are some tasks that we undertake as a Practice that are not part of the NHS work we provide you and that we are contracted to provide. These may be chargeable and it is important to understand what is chargeable and what is not. This includes insurance reports.
We will do our best to ensure we inform you of any charges before we undertake the work, and we will have copies of the fees we charge around the practice for you to see.
|Type of Report
|Adoption and Fostering:
Form C, D, YP or AME (Child full examination)
|Adoption – Parent or Agency
Fostering – NHS or Agency
HAS TO BE REQUESTED BY THE AGENCY
Housing, Blue Badge, Freedom Pass, Local Council/Assessment
Eligibility Disabled/Older 66+
|Local Authority Patient (private housing letters)
Public Carriage, HGV, Taxi, PSV, DVLA
Includes Housing, Solicitors, Insurance, Private Company,
Medical Research/Clinical Trial Questionnaires
All fees are set by the government (see BMA fee finder)
|Extract from Records
Insurance companies and
Report from Proforma
Medical Examination and Report in Surgery
30 minute appointment and 15 minutes to prepare report
|Private Medical Certificates
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that many GPs are not employed by the NHS.
They are self-employed and they have to cover their costs – staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc – in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards their costs.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The Government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients, including the provision of ongoing medical treatment.
In recent years, however, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.
Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is that they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that the information provided to them is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their own NHS patients:
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions:
Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
With certain limited exceptions, for example, a GP confirming that one of their patients is not fit for jury service, GPs do not have to carry out non-NHS work on behalf of their patients.
Whilst GPs will always attempt to assist their patients with the completion of forms, for example for insurance purposes, they are not required to do such non-NHS work.
Is it true that the BMA sets fees for non-NHS work?
The BMA suggest fees that GPs may charge their patients for non-NHS work (ie work not covered under their contract with the NHS) in order to help GPs set their own professional fees.
However, the fees suggested by us are intended for guidance only; they are not recommendations and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates we suggest.
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients.
Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and on weekends.
I only need the doctor’s signature – what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true.
In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient’s entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council (the doctors’ regulatory body) or even the Police.
What can I do to help?
What type of report work doesn’t have to be done by my GP?
There is some medical examination and report work that can be done by any doctor, not only a patient’s GP. For this work there are no set or recommended fees which means doctors may set their own fees. We offer guidelines only.