Consultant Fees

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Government agreed fees for consultants

The BMA sets and agrees a schedule of fees with various Government departments and agencies for routine work (e.g. certificates, reports and examinations) that doctors are asked to undertake.

Where there is no agreement in place, doctors may set and agree their own fees in advance to undertaking the work.

Read our guidance on setting and agreeing fees


Government departments and agencies which agree to our fees:

  • Northern Ireland Civil Service Occupational Health Service (OHS)


General rules when charging a fee

When agreeing a professional fee, it is important to follow these general rules:

Estimate how long it will take

Give a clear indication of the anticipated length of time the work will take.

Agree it in writing

As with all non-NHS work, it is vital that professional fees are agreed in writing before agreeing to undertake any work. Doctors who fail to take this precaution may encounter difficulties in recovering fees and, in such situations, the BMA will not be able to intervene to resolve disputes.

Complete the task as quickly as possible

On receipt of an undertaking to pay the doctor's professional fee at the agreed rate, the work should be completed as quickly as possible and processed in the normal way.

Produce high quality reports

It is important that if proper professional fees are to be charged, high quality reports should be produced and processed quickly, normally within 10 working days of receipt of the request.


Hospital doctors

Work indicating time element where appropriate

Extract from records £53.60
Written report (eg 45 mins)  £162.80
Medical examination and report or complex written report and opinion (eg 60 mins) £215.30
Sessional fee (eg 3 hours)  £429.55
Note: effective date: 1 August 2017

Medical boards and tribunals

One case (eg 45 mins)  £162.80
Two cases (eg 90 mins)  £269.40
Session (eg 3 hours)  £426.95
Daily rate (session x 2) £860.60
Note: effective date: 1 August 2017


One hour  £215.30
Two hours  £317.75
Three hours  £420.20
Note: effective date: 1 August 2017