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21st December 2021

BMA publish template

Private Provider requests for investigations under the NHS


Following some queries from LMCs about requests from private providers relating to investigation, and/or treatment of one of the practice’s registered patients, the BMA have produced the below guidance, which includes a template letter to respond to private providers.

If the GP is asked by a private provider to arrange investigations or tests, the results of which the GP would not be able to interpret and/or the GP does not feel clinically competent to manage the patient accordingly, then they should advise the patient and the provider that the services do not fall within NHS Primary medical services and to make alternative arrangements.

View the guidance and template letter here