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GPs 'should raise private fees by 5%'

GPs are undercharging patients for non-NHS services and should consider increasing their private fees by at least 5 per cent, medical accountants are advising.

David Clough, chair of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants, said GPs were often reticent about increasing rates for providing fitness-to-travel certificates or medical reports for insurance companies.

Not increasing the rate meant GPs were often charging below existing BMA rates and were 'technically losing money', he added.

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