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Faster, cheaper way to deal with negligence

By Robin Stride Plans to give patients and their doctors a faster, cheaper and less stressful experience in alleged medical negligence cases have been revealed to Independent Practitioner Today. Under the blueprint – being actively backed by some leading medical expert witnesses – both sides would have to agree to early and independent mediation. Independent […]

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New rules to slash top-earning docs’ January tax bill

By Linda-Rose Ward Rule changes around pension annual allowance tax charges will bring welcome relief to doctors in England and Wales facing unprecedented tax bills in January 2019. Higher-earning doctors can now elect for the NHS Pension Scheme to pay over the tax on the full annual allowance charge instead of having to find significant […]

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Doctors commit to data transparency

By Leslie Berry Consultants’ leaders have been praised for championing the drive for greater transparency in private healthcare. Their efforts helped the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) last month to hit its initial target of publishing 1,000 specialists’ performance measures, as forecast in our last issue. Another 4,000 consultants are now said to be working […]

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Call to tailor CQC to private sector

By Robin Stride Private doctors grappling with Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections – and their fallout – could be given fairer treatment in future. The independent sector hopes that new research into what goes on when inspectors descend on NHS premises will bode well for operators of smaller private practices. Report author Ruth Robertson, senior […]

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Doctors get advice on how to reflect

By Olive Carterton New guidance to help doctors with reflection has been widely welcomed by independent practitioners and medical bodies. The advice, setting out key points and principles on being a reflective practitioner, comes after doctors called for clearer information on what reflection meant – and how best to do it. Published by the Academy […]

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Fatigue spurs rise in early pensions

By Charles King New figures showing a 142% rise in hospital doctors retiring early from the NHS are ‘concerning but not surprising’, according to the BMA’s seniors’ leader. BMA consultants committee chairman Dr Rob Harwood said given the combined pressures of mounting demand, unmanageable workloads and widespread rota gaps, it was to be expected that […]

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Beware pension tax bill caused by tiny pay rise

By Edie Bourne Independent practitioners who also have NHS consultant contracts are being alerted about a sting in the tail from their latest pay award. Financial advisers say specialists should be aware of potential problems arising from their pay rises due this month even though the amounts have been branded ‘small and insulting’ by the […]

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Gripes are mishandled

By Robin Stride Patients’ complaints about how complaints have been handled in private practice have rocketed. They have gone up from 22% of mentions by complainants three years ago to 80% in the year ending last March. Figures from the Independent  Healthcare Sector Complaints Adjudication Service (ISCAS), the voluntary subscription scheme representing 95% of UK […]

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Link-up lets patients see real-time availability

Healthcare review and booking platform Doctify has partnered with practice management software company PPM to allow patients to see real-time availability of doctors online. PPM’s Tom Hunt (right) said: ‘This integration will allow our doctors’ to have the best of both worlds from our relevant services, without the risk of booking issues for patients.

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Salary clinic finds a partner

Patients at London’s Schoen Clinic, the new hospital promoting a salaried option for its consultants, will also be seen by specialists with practising privileges elsewhere in the capital. On the day the German hospital group announced its opening to the trade press, another hospital in the Harley Street enclave announ­ced that the two had set […]

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