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Rise in fees for insurance report work

GPs' fees for completing insurance reports and examinations are to rise by six per cent every year for the next five years.

But the rise negotiated by the BMA and Association of British Insurers has come with a warning to GPs that they must provide a proper report synthesising a patient's record, not just a print-out of the entire set of notes.

Dr Peter Holden, chair of

the BMA's professional fees committee, warned that GPs who failed to follow instructions could then be at risk of GMC action.

He said: 'What we are reminding people is that a lavatory roll print-out is not acceptable and actually breaches GMC guidelines on confidentiality.

'You are being paid to synthesise relevant stuff into the standard report.'

Reports must also be provided within 20 days.

The BMA would not defend any GP who failed to follow the format, Dr Holden said.

The first increase in fees will take effect on 1 September 2006, with subsequent rises on 1 April every year until 2011.

Fees from 1 September

GP report £74.70

Medical examination £82.20

Supplementary report £1 9.10

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