Private Work Fees
Private Fees (Non NHS work) – Information for patients and third parties
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 because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to ensure that information provided to them is true and accurate.
The BMA (British Medical Association) suggest fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, the fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested. The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients and third parties in advance if they will be charged, and how much. It is up the individual doctor to decide how much to charge.
Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?
With certain limited exceptions, 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.
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 complete this work outside of and in addition to their normal hours.
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.
I haven’t got the report/letter I want, why should I pay?
The fee is to pay for the doctors time, and the time of the administrative staff. Even a seemingly simple report may sometimes involve checking the the complete medical record which can take a considerable amount of time.
I have been asked to provide a fitness to … certificate, why can’t the GP just sign this?
The problem with these certificates is that many things can change between the time the GP provides this certificate and the event taking place e.g. going on holiday/flying whilst pregnant/taking part in certain activities.
A patient may also have a previously undiagnosed condition which would make the activity harmful for them -sadly we are all aware of deaths which occur every year in supposedly fit marathon competitors, and even premier league footballers.
We may not have seen the patient recently for this condition and may not therefore be in a position to make any comments on their state of health. An appointment booked for this reason would therefore be a private appointment and the request will either be refused or the patient may be charged. Please check before doing this.
All fees must be paid in advance of work being completed and supplied.
We hope this information is helpful and clarifies some of the queries we have had recently from patients.
A list of our current fees is provided here
Occupational Health Services
Insync Corporate Healthcare Ltd is a private service provided by Partners with a special interest and experience in this field. Services are available to both individuals and organisations and include:
- Specialist Driving Medicals and Reports
- Pre-employment Medicals
- On-site Employee Health Checks
- Sickness/Absence Management
- Medical Surveillance and Drug Testing
- Executive Screening
- Medical and Biological Monitoring including Statutory Examinations, Lead, Ionising Radiation and Asbestos
- Health Promotion and Education
- COSHH Advice
- Workplace Risk Assessment
For details on Occupational Health please visit the Insync Corporate Healthcare website or contact Jill Thomas:
Tel: 029 20761 550
We are also able to provide the following services. A fee will be charged for these services, and will be payable in ADVANCE
- Private Sick Certificates
- Private Health Insurance Claim Forms
- Holiday Cancellation Forms
- Fitness to attend/travel/participate - sports/theatre/school
- Copies of medical records - Full or Computerised
- Private Medicals
Please see here for a list of our fees.