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Private doctors ‘undercharging’

By Robin Stride Accountants are warning private consultants they could be missing out on thousands of pounds because they have not regularly reviewed their fees. They say many independent practitioners in London would be surprised to see how far they have fallen behind what others in their specialty now charge self-pay patients elsewhere. Martin Murray, […]

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Damages claims look ‘set to soar’

BMA Private Practice Conference 2018 By Robin Stride Doctors were warned that they can expect to see claims against them hit record levels in the not too distant future. The MDU’s largest claim, £9.2m in 2016, will be dwarfed by more and more claims running to tens of millions of pounds, according to the union’s […]

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CQC report on private hospitals

Safety lapses shown in private unit inspections

    By Robin Stride The new body representing private hospitals has tried to put a brave face on Care Quality Commission (CQC) findings, which have been branded ‘unacceptable’ by patients. A CQC analysis of the quality and safety of care provided by independent acute hospitals across England revealed 41% of hospitals were rated as […]

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Online consultation in general practice

Guidance given for web consultations

By Charles King The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has published a list of questions for doctors, patients and commissioners to consider before using or utilising online general practice services. Its move follows criticism  from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) about online providers’ quality. Questions include:

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Don’t be ‘guns for hire’, expert witnesses told

By Robin Stride New and would-be expert witness doctors were advised by a barrister to beware of becoming an advocate for those paying their bills. Mr Michael Williams, a barrister of the Middle Temple, told them at a training day to remember their duty was to the court, not the party instructing them.

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Awards saved but not pensionable

By Edie Bourne Doctors receiving new local Clinical Excellence Awards (CEAs) will find the increased pay resulting from recognition of their industry is no longer pensionable after April. The controversial CEA scheme has received a three-year ‘pardon’ following the BMA’s out-of-court settlement with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Employers.

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Apron – how it works

Doctor’s invention to retain modesty

By Olive Carterton A new and simple apron that keeps women covered while allowing doctors to carry out full upper-body examinations has been designed by orthopaedic spinal surgeon Mr Mushtaque Ishaque. Produced by Birmingham company Bare-Non Ltd, it is being offered to all female patients undergoing a clinical examination at Spire Little Aston Hospital, near […]

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