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    Protecting your goodwill

    Private practice owners must strike the right balance between dissuading any leaver from breaching a restrictive covenant while at the ...

Doctors facing a £1m+ claim surge

By Robin Stride A surge in £1m+ claims against self-employed doctors has prompted a renewed plea for a fairer and more affordable compensation system. New figures given to Independent Practitioner Today also brought a warning that if nothing is done, then rising indemnity costs could force more specialists out of private practice. According to the […]

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Tie-up with NHS is boundless

      The outlook for private patient units in NHS hospitals looks bright. Philip Housden explains why in the first of a new series monitoring their progress in the year ahead. What exactly are private patient units (PPUs) and what is it like to provide a private patient service within an NHS trust? Are […]

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Avoid risk of being accused of assault

Large numbers of doctors continue to seek advice after receiving complaints following an intimate examination. Dr Richard Brittain offers some useful advice. Doctors are routinely required to examine the most intimate areas of a patient’s body. While this may be an everyday occurrence for private practitioners, these procedures can, of course, often be embarrassing or […]

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Getting ahead of the competition

So just how worried should you be about competition in private practice? Dev Lall gives his views and suggestions. If you run a business, there’s always one thing that is tickling away at the back of your mind. And that is … the competition. Who they are, what they might be up to, whether they […]

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Confidence in what you do

‘Fear’ of sales and marketing could be holding back your business. But Pam Underdown believes you could really learn to overcome your concerns – forever. After talking to many medical aesthetic practitioners, I’ve learned that nearly all of them wish they never had to do any marketing – let alone any selling. Let’s be honest; […]

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Cleaning up

Springtime not only marks the beginning of better weather – hopefully – but also the beginning of a new tax year. Susan Hutter looks at different ways to spring-clean your finances. As much as you may not wish to do so, now is a good time to get your records up to date and pass […]

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Second homes come under attack

Owning more than one property is popular for private doctors and, if chosen wisely, can be both a good source of income and capital growth or be an enjoyable retreat from the pressures of being a consultant. But the rules are changing, warns Ian Tongue. With house prices continuing to rise and the Government pushing […]

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When plastic is not all fantastic

‘Business Dilemmas’ Dr Nicola Lennard (right) answers plastic surgeons’ questions about being notified of a complaint – one from the GMC and another from a newspaper    Dilemma 1 What should I do with this gripe? Q I work as a consultant plastic surgeon. I recent­ly carried out a breast augmentation on a 27-year-old woman. She […]

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The inside story of collecting debts

Many doctors labour under the impression that debt collectors operate the same way we see bailiffs at work on the television or in films. Gary Nials shows how it is really done. Debt collection? That means large, tough people visiting a debtor’s home and removing valuable items to recover the cost of the debt, doesn’t […]

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Screening report is really a ‘loss leader’

The fee may seem low for a screening report. But larger fees may follow. Michael R. Young continues his series with his tips on preparing the document. Law firms want to establish early on whether or not they have more than a 50% chance of winning a clinical negligence case. They are not going to […]

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Beware of financial sharks

Author A. J. Cronin warned against unscrupulous medical practices in his famous novel, but what parallels can be drawn within the financial services industry? Dr Mark Martin examines why you should be aware of anything which looks too good to be true. Cronin’s groundbreaking novel The Citadel was first published in 1937 and highlighted the […]

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