Ruling a boost for medical reports
Recent court rulings expected to curtail medical reporting work handed out by agencies could be beneficial to GPs, the UK Register of Expert Witnesses is predicting.
It said the rulings, which mean agencies can no longer charge their fees to insurance companies on claims below £10,000, could mean more solicitors commissioning GPs direct.
This would mean clearer instructions and quicker payments, it said. Medical reporting organisations have come under fire from many GPs for charging high administration fees and often not paying on time.
Dr Chris Pamplin, editor of the register, said: 'Solicitors are simply going to stop using medical reporting agencies. It works exactly in the way I would want it to work.
'This reduces a GP's commercial exposure to an industry under attack by the courts.'