Fee Setting & Competition Legislation
Competition legislation and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) prohibit the BMA, the LMCs, or others from advising on fees. It is illegal for individual doctors or staff to discuss their fees outside their practice. Or for practices to share this information .
Penalties for breaching this law are severe and can be up to 10% of organisation/practice turnover (not profit).
Somerset LMC is, therefore, unable to provide specific advice to practices on fee levels.