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General Practitioners: Fees and Charges

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the levels of charges made by some general practitioners to their patients for a letter in support of applications for disability living allowance and attendance allowance; if he will bring forward proposals to reimburse people who pay such charges; and if he will make a statement. (321217)

None.

Under the terms of their contract with their primary care trust, general practitioners (GPs) are required to issue certain medical certificates, free of charge, which are reasonably required in support of claims for benefits and allowances—such as disability living allowance and attendance allowance. Where patients choose to provide medical information in support of their claim, that is not a mandatory part of the application, the GP may choose to charge a fee.

If further medical evidence is required by the Department of Work and Pensions, they will contact the patient’s GP and pay any fees.