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Historic defence cover faces axe

By Robin Stride Private doctors face a huge defence cover shake-up under Govern­ment proposals advocating the merits of insurance rather than the discretionary cover provided by traditional medical defence organisations (MDOs). Responses to the 51-page discussion document, reflecting widely different views, are being prepared by doctors’ representatives, private hospitals and interested parties. The Department of […]

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Huge variations in price revealed

Patients are being advised to shop for the best prices as self-pay hits record levels. The market rose 9% to £1.1bn for independent hospitals and clinics in 2017, according to market analysts LaingBuisson’s Private Healthcare Self Pay Report, in association with GoPrivate.com.

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Voicepiece of industry is rebranded

By Robin Stride The voice of private hospitals in the UK finally has a name doctors and others can easily recognise. Following a long-awaited rebranding exercise, it is now the Independent Healthcare Providers Network.  

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The best in private care recognised at ‘Oscars’

More than 1,000 people attended healthcare market analysts LaingBuisson’s annual awards ceremony to celebrate the best in health and social care. Held in the ballroom at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London, the event was hosted by actor, singer and writer Alexander Armstrong, who entertained guests before presenting the awards with LaingBuisson’s chairman Stephen Dorrell.

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Think before joining the flight from NHS pension

By Edie Bourne Doctors are being urged to consider their position carefully in 2019 before following the rising number of medics opting out of the NHS Pension Scheme. Financial experts blame the trend on harsh new tax rules which punish senior doctors for saving ‘too much’ in the pension scheme. But specialist financial planners urged […]

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App eases task of op assessments

By Leslie Berry A team of Brighton-based consultants and technology specialists are saving time and money after creating ‘the first interactive digital patient assessment app’. Instead of filling in pre-assessment forms with a nurse, patients who need a medical procedure or operation can now answer questions about their health via a hand-held computer in the […]

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Doctors must tell of implant risks

By a staff reporter Breast surgeons must ensure women are aware of BIA-ALCL, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma associated with implants. The warning was given to surgeons attending the London Breast Meeting, where they were told they must take more responsibility to diagnose and report cases.

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Cancer diagnosis ‘revolution’ called for

A leading light in the provision of private cancer services has called for a radical overhaul of the way the disease is diagnosed in Britain. Prof Karol Sikora warned that the current system of incorporating diagnostic services within hospitals was simply not working and patients were facing drastic delays in getting crucial imaging and biopsies.

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HCA offers latest in radiotherapy

By Olive Carterton HCA’s The Wellington Hospital is the first London centre to install the Icon Gamma Knife and offer fractionated treatments via mask immobilisation to treat private and NHS patients. The machine, seen as the most innovative and accurate brain and skull radiation therapy, treats patients with brain tumours, vascular and functional disorders. HCA […]

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Bid to keep private cover affordable

Private health insurers, and the intermediary companies who sell policies, have been urged to continue to campaign ‘vocally and vigorously’ to protect the industry from unaffordable prices. The chairman of the Association of Medical Insurance Intermed­iaries (AMII) urged them to work to convince the Government to review how it treats health insurance and cash plans.

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