MedCo suspends a further 21 shell companies

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MedCo has identified and suspended a further 21 shell companies from its medical report generating system for failing to meet the Revised Qualifying Criteria published by the Ministry of Justice on 25 October 2016.

The suspended MROs will be permitted to complete existing instructions to avoid impact on users who have prior selected them from a MedCo search offer.

In May, MedCo said that it had sent out 337 warning letters in the past year, two thirds of which ended up in a suspension for users of the medical report sourcing portal.

Some of the letters, sent in the year up to 31 March 2017, were related to attempts at bypassing the random search selection process and influencing the opinion of medical experts.

MedCo revealed the figure in its submission to the Justice Select Committee for its inquiry into the Government’s personal injury reforms. MedCo eventually suspended 235 users consisting of medical reporting organisations, direct medical experts and claimant lawyers. 134 user agreements were eventually terminated, although another 84 were allowed back onto the portal after changing their behaviour.

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