Salaried service ‘is only way to go’

By Leslie Berry

Many private doctors will find it uneconomic to continue unless they opt for a salaried service, according to one of the UK’s most experienced independent hospital bosses.

Keith Hague, who controversially pioneered the concept of wholly-employed doctors in UK private hospitals, predicted the ‘employed’ model would spread across the country.

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Keith Hague is handing over the reins of the nascent Cleveland Hospital in London’s Grosvenor Place to US surgeon Mr Brian Donley (below)

He said: ‘Indeed already, despite their initial scepticism, we see some of the other providers actively considering and preparing for this.

‘Without wholly-employed status, many doctors will be forced out of business by uneconomic levels of professional indemnity costs, a trend we can already see in some disciplines elsewhere in the world.’

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