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September sign-up: Transparency

By Robin Stride Performance measures for the first batch of 1,000 consultants to be featured on an official website for all to see were set to at last go live as Independent Practitioner Today went to press. Publication marks a notable shift in openness in private healthcare and is a milestone for the Private Healthcare […]

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September sign-up: Transformation

Transformation More than 10,000 practitioners have now joined technology specialist Healthcode’s project to support private practice since its launch two years ago. Healthcode’s managing director Peter Connor said the milestone number of profiles on the Private Practice Register (PPR) meant the company was ‘well on the way’ to producing a game-changing definitive online directory for […]

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Brain surgery robot UK first for Harley St

By Olive Carterton The Harley Street Clinic has notched up a UK first with its introduction of the new minimally-invasive neurosurgery technology, Visualase, to treat patients with complex and aggressive brain tumours. HCA Healthcare UK said this pioneering technology offers hope to a significant number of patients with difficult-to-access brain tumours who are refused conventional […]

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Brain clinic grows its trials services

By Leslie Berry Pioneering brain and mind clinic Re:Cognition Health has expanded its international clinical trials services for Alzheimer’s disease and other related cognitive conditions into the US. The new centre in Fairfax, Virginia, will provide access to the best healthcare and treatment options for people living with, or at risk of developing, Alzheimer’s disease and other causes […]

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Marx marks a GMC first

By a staff reporter A woman doctor is to become the first female GMC chairman since it was set up 160 years ago. Dame Clare Marx will succeed Prof Sir Terence Stephenson as GMC chairman in January 2019. She is the immediate past-president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the first woman in […]

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Get NHS pension quote now to avoid tax shock

By Edie Bourne Thousands of doctors could face a shock tax hit unless they actively now request their pension statement for the 2017-18 tax year from their NHS pensions agency. That is the urgent message from specialist medical financial advisers Cavendish Medical to Independent Practitioner Today readers who have health service jobs.

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Reassurance from new Aspen owners

By Robin Stride The new United Arab Emirates (UAE) owner of nine private hospitals in England and Scotland has told Independent Practitioner Today it greatly values its doctors and ‘lays significant stress on their clinical capabilities’. NMC Healthcare UK’s message came after it acquired 100% of Aspen Healthcare’s equity from US operator Tenet Healthcare for […]

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No-deal Brexit ‘would harm’ health services

By Leslie Berry Doctors’ leaders have denied they are scaremongering over warnings of potentially ‘catastrophic’ consequences in healthcare if the UK leaves the EU with a no-deal Brexit. They set out detailed concerns last month in a BMA paper arguing the result would have an alarming impact on the NHS’s ability to deliver care. According […]

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