Premier Medical returns to the medical reporting market

Premier Medical has returned to the medical reporting market after being bought back from Capita by founder Dr Harry Brünjes.

The company, which employs 230 people in four offices across the UK, was acquired by Capita in 2010. Following the acquisition of Insurance Medical Group in 2011, the combined businesses became Capita Medical Reporting.

Capita retains a minority interest in the business but will have no operational involvement going forward.

Returning to its original brand, it has said that it aims to become the medical reporting provider of choice “once again”.

The rebranded Premier Medical provides medical reporting, screening, rehabilitation and diagnostic services to the personal injury claims market. As a national, high volume provider, it is one of the small number of Tier One medical reporting organisations approved by the MedCo portal.

The company has said that it has ambitions to extend its reach into new markets within the next few years under the guidance of managing director Mark Stirrup, medical director Dr Bob Goodall and sales director Barry Gray.

Brünjes, who will be Premier Medical’s chairman, said: “I am delighted to be back in the healthcare sector and am looking forward to working with my management team to grow our brand and make Premier Medical, once again, the leader in its field.”

“The personal injury market is dealing with the challenges presented by the MedCo portal and the anticipated increase in the small claims limit for soft-tissue injuries, both of which are bringing a new focus on reducing costs.”

“Our extensive reporting experience will help insurers and their lawyers to meet these challenges in the most cost-effective way, and I envisage our clinical focus becoming the quality assurance standard for the industry in future.

“The business will now be much better positioned to flourish in the sector and will renew its focus on medical excellence, service quality and business process efficiency.”

Premier Medical will retain its head office at Premier House in Ludlow and its existing offices in Durham, Reading and Stockport.