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GPs may be stopped from charging for DA letters

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1489792662097{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1489792637103{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1545219343593{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The government is looking to ban GPs from charging patients for domestic abuse letters, health and social care minister Lord O’Shaughnessy told the House of Lords.

 

As the doctors’ contract with the government does not currently cover that service, some GPs charge more than £150 for letters required by victims to provide evidence of domestic abuse when applying for legal aid, medical journal Pulse Today reported.

 

Ministries have identified the fee as a barrier to victims accessing support, which “cannot be right and we are seeking to end that situation,” Lord O’Shaughnessy said.

 

The matter would be considered as part of the GP contract negotiations for 2019/20, he added.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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