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The Association of Medical Reporting Organisations has read with interest recent statements by the BMA. AMRO has never been in direct consultation with the BMA so talks cannot have broken down as they have never existed.

In 2004 AMRO, at the request of the BMA, attended a forum at BMA House. AMRO later invited the BMA to continue discussions, but this was declined. AMRO is not an umbrella group but a trade organisation. AMRO companies compete commercially and act completely independently of one another.

Following the introduction of the fixed-cost regime for lawyers, AMRO was invited to consider a procedure that would provide predictability in regards of medical fees for low-value RTA cases only (ie, the level of trauma that is treated by GPs in the main). There have been no discussions at all regarding any other form of medical report.

This was not a unilateral initiative but a format produced after consultation with the industry at large. It is not mandatory to utilise this scheme and is purely an option for claimant solicitors.

AMRO would be delighted to engage with the BMA on a regular basis and will again be inviting the BMA to enter into discussions.

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