Visits will curb doctors

Tougher Care Quality Commission inspections starting from April are expected to weaken doctors’ independence as private hospitals go all out to win a new ratings war. Click here to find out more

Drastic changes proposed to academic doctors' pensions

Final negotiations recommend closing final salary scheme.

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Figuring out how to gauge quality

Last month, we reported that the Private Healthcare Information Network had been approved by the Competition and Markets Authority as the body charged with publishing performance measures and fees for independent hospitals and doctors. But what next?

Click here to discover what the network is working on now: data which, one day, private doctors will have to display

RUNNERS frontWe’re failing to win the internet race

2014 marked ten years of Choose and Book, the online appointment service for NHS patients. Peter Connor argues that the independent sector has failed to keep pace with a sea-change in consumer behaviour in the last decade. Read the solutions put forward by the coding expert by clicking here

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Are centres of excellence the way to go for the private medical profession? Accountant Susan Hutter answers the question. Read her response by clicking here

           

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