Bolton West MP Julie Hilling visited local firm Premex Services, based in Horwich, to find out more about their business
Premex Services, the UK's leading provider of independent medical reports, was eager to talk to Ms Hilling both as the local MP and in her capacity as a member of the Transport Select Committee.
Premex is a major employer and now has over 350 staff in total, 82% of employees live within 10 miles of the Bolton head office and 52% within 5 miles. During her visit she received a tour of the office, met some of the employees and saw that Premex had recently been awarded Investors in People Gold award. Premex has created 60 new jobs in Bolton within the last 12 months.
Ms Hilling was eager to find out more about the valuable role Premex plays in providing independent medical evidence to both insurance companies and claimant lawyers in the personal injury claims process.
Over the past two years the Personal Injury sector has faced scrutiny with a perceived compensation culture and pressures on the insurance industry to explain the rise to insurance premiums. Medical Reporting Organisations have not escaped this examination, with an impending Whiplash consultation on the feasibility of introducing independent medical panels to replace the current assessment of whiplash injuries.
Ms Hilling heard the vital role medical experts play and some background as to how medical reporting organisations have evolved over the years through the innovative use of technology to ensure reports are delivered in a cost effective, quality driven manner.
Julie Hilling stated "It was great to meet the staff at Premex Services and find out more about the services they provide. I found it very informative and a real eye-opener. It is encouraging to have a local firm undergoing such expansion and attracting new business".
Donald Fowler, managing director of Premex Services, said "Over the past year we have worked hard to ensure that policymakers understand the important part Premex plays in bringing independent medical evidence to the claims process and it is imperative that we share our views with our local MP. We hope that Julie has seen our commitment to the local area with our on-going training programmes and the creation of new jobs and can continue to develop this through our service offering."
Donald Fowler with Julie Hilling MP and ward councillor Lindsey Kell