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Fee publication fiasco

By Robin Stride A new age of transparency for consultants’ private fees was ushered in this month amid concerns over its accuracy and practicality. Some specialists also have fears about the workload and possible confusion the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) demands will cause their administrative teams. And there are suspicions that some consultants, especially […]

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Fears over AIHO demise

By Robin Stride Private consultants and GPs have voiced concern over the shock announcement of the imminent demise of a useful ally – the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations (AIHO). The NHS Partners Network (NHSPN), launched in 2005 and later incorporated into the broader NHS Confederation, plans to take over the job. On the latter’s […]

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Warning after fall in aesthetic ops

Plastic surgeons warn public that non-surgical methods still carry risk By Leslie Berry Plastic surgeons have issued an alert for patients to beware of dodgy deals in the aesthetics market following a national fall in cosmetic surgery procedures last year. As expected, surgical procedures are still slightly declining overall – by just under 7% – […]

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Brian Donley

Head appointed for new London hospital

Cleveland Clinic chief of staff and clinical operations, Dr Brian Donley, has been appointed chief executive of the company’s London hospital, currently under construction. He plans to continue his current roles in the US and commute until the autumn.

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Digitalising tests eliminates jams at Bupa hospital

Bupa Cromwell Hospital has moved closer to achieving its strategy to become paper-light by partnering with clinical technology specialist IMS MAXIMS to extend the roll-out of an electronic patient record. The hospital will deploy the company’s electronic order communications and results reporting  to introduce new processes to improve access to medical tests. Hospital medical director […]

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GPs advised about online consultation

By Olive Carterton New guidance from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is on its way to GPs thinking about offering alternatives to face-to-face consultations. According to college vice-chairman Prof Kamila Hawthorne, innovative use of technology must continue to be explored in general practice, so long as it is safe, effective and leads to […]

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£££s blow if you bust your pension limit

By Edie Bourne Independent practitioners are being warned to beware of a potential new blow to their pension savings. Specialist financial advisers have told Independent Practitioner Today that those who owe tax on their pension contributions due to breaching harsh new annual savings limits could face the ‘headache’ of now being unable to ask the […]

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Negligence death probe

By Edie Bourne The surgeon leading an independent review into how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice is confident doctors will find the work valuable. The former Royal College of Surgeons of England president Dame Clare Marx said each step of the process would be explored, from local investigations after incidents, to […]

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Soaring damages not doctors’ fault

By Robin Stride Rocketing indemnity and insurance fees are definitely not the fault of doctors, a defence expert assured a meeting of consultants. Dr Matthew Lee, MDU professional services director, told them the whole issue of fast-rising costs was an issue that society needed to address. Cases were now being brought against his members valued […]

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Medics lead in data game

By Robin Stride Consultants are doing better than hospitals in the race to publish private performance data ordered by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). They have been congratulated for making good progress while many of the places they work at have lagged behind. Over 10,000 consultants have been invited to begin checking their data […]

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