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    ‘Practice Builder’ series: Part 4 In a four-part series for Independent Practitioner Today, Malcolm McCoskery examines key issues facing consultants ...

Action to thwart fraud

By Robin Stride Medical accountants are launching a drive to help doctor business owners protect themselves from growing numbers of fraud attacks. Private consultants and GPs will be warned to safeguard themselves both from fraudsters outside and inside their practices. The ‘fight fraud’ campaign swung underway after members of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical […]

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Fear of complaint lurks in the mind

‘Business Dilemmas’ With clinical negligence claims on the rise, to what extent should your decision-making be influenced by the medico-legal climate? Dr Nicola Lennard (right) considers two contrasting scenarios   Dilemma 1 Do I give in to a plea for a scan ? Q A patient with persistent indigestion returned to my practice this week […]

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A letter from GMC is not end of the world

Receiving a letter of complaint from the GMC is a stressful experience for any doctor. However, there is no reason for immediate panic. Dr Mary Peddie runs through the stages in an investigation. Often the first we hear of a GMC complaint is an anguished telephone call from a member to say a letter has […]

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Thinking of selling up?

Some consultants are thinking about retiring and selling their practice in the next few years and effectively quitting the rat race. But there is more than one route ‘out of market’ and Susan Hutter explains the options and also what you should be doing. Depending on the size of your practice and personnel, you may […]

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Ring-fence your PPU beds

      Our series looking at a year in the life of a NHS private patient unit (PPU) continues with a plea from Philip Housden to use the weeks ahead to strengthen the offering. So ‘winter bed pressures’ are a dim and distant memory? Happy days for the PPU! If the beds in your […]

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You are motoring but you want more

So your practice has grown over the months and years – but you’re still not happy. Surgeon Mr Dev Lall looks at what you should do when you have made a lot of effort marketing and promoting your practice – but find you are still not earning as much as you would like. It’s bad […]

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Patients need to find you

Self-paying patients are on the increase – but as the Independent Doctors Federation annual meeting heard recently, many consultants have been slow to capitalise on the opportunity. Gary Nials gives some tips on increasing your market share. The self-pay sector includes UK and overseas patients and is typically the largest – or second largest – […]

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Riches of the Riviera

Now is the perfect time to look for a pied-à-terre on the French Riviera. Dylan Mitchell shows what’s on offer. The Cote d’Azur, or French Riviera, includes Monaco and extends from the Italian border near Menton, westward past St Tropez as far as Toulon. This area has been attracting people for thousands of years. It […]

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Surgery’s new dawn

HCA’s The Princess Grace Hospital in London has become the first UK private hospital to use the Stryker MAKO robot – the latest innovation in hip and knee surgery. Prof Fares S. Haddad, a leading orthopaedic surgeon specialising in the treatment of lower-limb conditions, reveals the role of robotic technology in surgery. The need for […]

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A very taxing time

As a high-achieving doctor, you face major changes to your pension, tax and trading structure, warns Patrick Convey. Isn’t it time you took stock of your current situation? Since April, a raft of regulatory changes mean that, as a senior doctor, your financial landscape could be looking very different. You can no longer shield as […]

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We shouldn’t tax health insurance

Opinion The boss of health cash plan provider Medicash, Sue Weir, argues the doubling of the premium tax on health insurance is counter-productive as subscribers are put off and revert to the NHS. One thing that different types of health insurance have in common is that they incur insurance premium tax. So, in the same […]

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