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General Practitioners: Fees and Charges

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Housing)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in ending the charging of victims of domestic violence by some GPs for letters confirming their injuries in order to get access to other services.

Photo of Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Negotiations are held annually between NHS England and the British Medical Association over amendments to the general practitioner contract. For the 2020/21 negotiations, the Department has asked NHS England to look at improving the system of evidence provision in relation to benefit assessments and legal aid applications for victims of domestic violence. We are working closely on this with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Justice.

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