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Doctors (Postal Votes Fees)

Volume 24: debated on Wednesday 26 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he proposes to take to recover fees paid to general practitioners during recent elections in respect of certification for postal votes.

If a National Health Service patient is charged for a certificate for which he should not have been charged, he should write to his local family practitioner committee within eight weeks of the event. The complaint may then be formally investigated under the National Health Service (Services Committee and Tribunal) Regulations 1974. If an investigation established that the doctor had breached his terms of service, the amount could be withheld from his remuneration and refunded to the complainant.