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Nottinghamshire And Derbyshire PCCs Call On Jeremy Hunt To Scrap Fee For Domestic Violence Doctors Note

10th February 2017
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Nottinghamshire And Derbyshire PCCs Call On Jeremy Hunt To Scrap Fee For Domestic Violence Doctors Note

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping and Derbyshire PCC Hardyal Dhindsa have joined fellow commissioners across the country, calling on Health Minister Jeremy Hunt to scrap the fee charged to domestic abuse victims seeking legal aid.

Due to recent legislation changes domestic abuse victims now have to apply for legal aid, however to qualify for support – they need to provide specific evidence they have been subjected to such abuse.

One of the accepted forms of evidence is a letter from a GP, which some GPs are charging fees to provide, something which over 16 Police and Crime Commissioners across the country, including Mr Dhindsa and Mr Tipping, have signed a letter to “scrap the fee”.

Mr Tipping said “Domestic Violence is a huge issue and it’s a priority for me and Nottinghamshire Police, women who are experiencing abuse need legal aid. To get legal aid they need evidence that they’re being abused and some of that comes from a GP.”

“I was horrified to find out that some GPs are charging between £75 and £175 for a note like that, I don’t think it helps women who are in a desperate situation – that’s why I’ve written to Jeremy Hunt asking him to change procedures.”         

“I expect a reply from Jeremy Hunt because if he doesn’t reply, he’ll be getting another letter – I’m not going to let this go, I think it’s a big issue, I think it’s a live issue – I’m going to press it and I’m hoping for a positive outcome”

You can find out more about the services available locally to support domestic abuse suffers, in our News In Focus program ‘It’s NOT OK’

 

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