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Non-NHS Work

GPs are contracted to provide medical services to NHS patients. Increasingly GPs are asked to undertake non-NHS work such as completing reports and examinations for insurance companies and other organisations. Your GP is happy to provide this service for you and will charge a fee to cover the time and costs involved. All our fees are within British Medical Association guidelines.

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their patients:

  • Certain travel vaccinations
  • Private medical insurance reports
  • Holiday cancellation forms
  • Letters requested by, or on behalf of, the patient
  • In certain instances, fitness to work forms
  • HGV medicals

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions:

  • Medical reports for an insurance company
  • Some reports for the DSS/Benefits agency
  • Examinations of local authority employees

About non-NHS work

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. Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor needs to check the patient's entire record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.

List of non-NHS work and fees

Click HERE to see our list of services and fees for non-NHS work.

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