The well-known saying ‘no man is an island’ is particularly true for anyone working in private practice, as it is ...
Knowing your profit from your profitability is essential when measuring private practice financial performance. Ebert Hyman explains. For smaller businesses, ...
Every doctor resents spending their valuable time churning through paperwork, but finding the right balance between your clinical and management ...
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So what are you to do if a private hospital wants to investigate your practice or suspend practising privileges? Dr ...
By Robin Stride. Independent practitioners are being cautious about chasing more overseas business following a fall in the number of acute patients coming to central London from abroad. New figures for the area show the self-pay market dipped 15% between 2014-15 – a drop in value from £261m to £222m.
Recording and claiming expenses is an essential part of ensuring you minimise your tax liability. But it can be an area of contention and often there can be misunderstandings – leading to expenses being claimed erroneously and then a tax inquiry. Ian Tongue looks at the most common areas of contention and recaps on the […]
TV doctor and full-time writer Dr Michael O’Donnell brings the last taster from his new book, Medicine’s Strangest Cases. This month, he looks back at doctors’ obituaries. One charming medical tradition is the civility with which doctors deal with one another in public. Offstage, they can be as bitchy as those who practise the other […]
In her second article about the GMC’s new confidentiality guidance, the MDU’s Dr Catherine Wills focuses on disclosures to a patient’s family and carers. Those close to a patient may play a significant role in providing support and care and naturally may want to discuss their loved one’s health with you. Although you need to […]
A tax rule means doctors who go abroad and let out or sell their UK house are in for a nasty surprise. Melanie Thomas explains. Doctors who are living overseas and who sell a home in the UK should beware of being caught out by changes to the capital gains tax rules. The changes, which […]
We are all prone to making mistakes when investing, not because we are foolish, but because we are human. Dr Benjamin Holdsworth shows how to adopt a disciplined approach. ‘If I have learned anything in my 52 years in this marvellous field, it is that, for a given individual or institution, the emotions of investing […]
In Independent Practitioner Today’s series over the last year, Philip Housden has considered the challenges faced by NHS private patient units (PPUs). He has offered insights through the annual cycle to help PPUs make the most of the many opportunities the market presents – and deliver increasingly improved services for private patients and […]
Any independent practitioner wanting a premium SUV to suit themselves and to serve their family will not be disappointed with Jaguar’s latest offering, says our motoring correspondent Dr Tony Rimmer. As car-buyers, we have never had it so good. There has never before been such a wide spread of choice across all types and classes […]
The ten commandments for billing and collection Make sure the people you rely on in your practice are following these essential rules to keep your payments coming in. Gary Nials lays down the law.
Q Can you advise the best ways to keep on the right side of the taxman? Accountant Susan Hutter gives some useful pointers: Don’t send your tax return in late If you send in your tax return late, you not only will have to pay a penalty of £100 but will bring your case to […]
How much you expect to receive for a specific piece of work or service depends on negotiation between you and those who are paying. Ensuring you get the cheque is another matter, says Michael R. Young. Your terms of business should always make it clear to solicitors when you expect to be paid. The majority […]