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Doctors should have to be accredited to support whiplash claims, say MPs

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4916 (Published 02 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4916
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

MPs have backed government proposals to set up panels of accredited medical practitioners to provide medical reports in relation to whiplash claims in an attempt to reduce the amount of money paid out in fraudulent claims.

The backing came in a report by the Commons transport select committee on the cost of whiplash claims to the insurance industry.1 The committee agreed with the Ministry of Justice’s proposals2 that medical reports should be provided only by medical practitioners belonging to accredited panels, which included doctors but also other health professionals such as physiotherapists.

The report said that there were concerns that doctors providing reports under the current system may be biased towards who was paying them for the work, and that GPs in particular “may find it difficult to decline to certify an alleged injury because of the relationship that has built …

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