GPs to stop charging patients for debt support forms

On 21 February 2019, the British Medical Association (BMA) announced that GPs in England will stop charging people to complete the Debt and Mental Health Evidence form – the paperwork that people with mental health and debt problems can be asked to provide to creditors in order to receive additional support. A two year ‘Stop the Charge’ campaign by the Money and Health Policy Institute charity found that for some, the charge prevents them from seeking help to resolve their debts, while others go without essentials such as food or heating in order to pay it