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Make it easier to go private!

By Robin Stride The whole private health sector is being urged to commit to breaking down barriers that prevent patients from easily accessing consultants and treatment information. Fiona Booth, chief executive of the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations (AIHO), revealed patients’ frustration at a ‘double-whammy’ facing them when they try to access private care. New […]

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Inspections to be same as for NHS

By Martha Walker Independent doctors are facing yet more changes in their Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration. A more robust accountability process is on the way and private doctors will be inspected against the same set of key lines of enquiry (KLOEs) as NHS colleagues – being rated from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ across the five […]

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MDU blasted for ditching back surgery

By Robin Stride The president of the Independent Doctors Federation (IDF) has expressed alarm at a Medical Defence Union (MDU) decision to stop covering spinal surgeons in private practice. Dr Brian O’Connor said: ‘We are very concerned by this latest development which does not bode well for the practice of medicine in “high-risk” areas.’ And […]

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Are you due a pay rebate?

By Leslie Berry Some private specialists are seeking salary rebates after discovering they are on the wrong pay threshold of their NHS consultant contract. Independent Practitioner Today has been told that those affected have received tens of thousands of pounds in backdated pay after financial experts unearthed the problem during routine retirement planning.

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Aid for doctor investors

The Private Healthcare Summit 2017. By Robin Stride A consultant has given the Competition and Markets Auth­ority (CMA) a pat on the back for alerting would-be doctor entrepreneurs to the fact they are allowed to invest in private healthcare facilities. He said that, until the competition watchdog’s 2015 final order arising from its private healthcare […]

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Help to cope with adverse events

By Olive Carterton Surgeons are being asked to take part in a survey aiming to find out the true impact of adverse events on them and to give them better support. A research team led by Mr Kevin Turner, a consultant urological surgeon in Bournemouth, is conducting the first large-scale national study in the UK […]

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HCA brings best of the capital to Herts

Specialists from HCA’s The Wellington Hospital in London are extending services at a new purpose-built health centre in nearby Elstree. The Elstree Outpatients and Diag­nostics Centre is seen as a more convenient location for north London and Hertfordshire patients.

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