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    The future of private practice

    To celebrate Independent Practitioner Today’s tenth anniversary, we have asked some of the most knowledgeable and influential people in private ...

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Private sector’s future

By Robin Stride Massive change is on the way for independent practitioners across all areas of their work – but those who are serious about private practice can still expect to prosper. That is a central message from ‘leading lights’ in the sector who we asked to mark Independent Practitioner Today’s 10th anniversary issue by […]

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Plan to force insurance cover on private doctors

By Robin Stride Consultants would be forced to replace discretionary protection with mandatory contractual insurance indemnity cover under controversial proposals sent to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt by the private hospitals’ trade body. According to the NHS Partners Network (NHSPN), this would ‘ensure that no patient would ever lose out if affected by poor care in […]

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Beware tricksters trying to impersonate taxman

By Edie Bourne Businesses and individuals are being urged by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam people out of their savings. The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017-18 tax year. But criminals […]

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Dr Ralph Rogers

Practice strives for non-surgical cures

By Edie Bourne Sports and non-surgical orthopaedic consultant Dr Ralph Rogers is opening a new private group practice: Rogers Regenerative Medical Group. Based at 25 Harley Street, it is the culmination of his vision to launch a holistic regenerative clinic. He told Independent Practitioner Today it would bring together ‘the very best and most dynamic […]

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Mr Neville Dastur

Doctor invents app to solve data issue

By Leslie Berry Independent practitioners using instant messaging to discuss patients could face fines of up to 4% of their annual turnover following last month’s introduction of the EU’s General Data Pro­tection Regulation (GDPR), a consultant has warned. The new legislation prohibits the use of services such as iMessage and WhatsApp for sending messages containing […]

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New guidelines to help revalidation

By Olive Carterton Doctors have been issued with new GMC guidance to help them collate information necessary for appraisals and revalidation. They are expected to collect six types of supporting information:

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Dr Luke James

New chief medical officer for Bupa

Former GP Dr Luke James (pictured) is Bupa’s new medical director for UK Insurance, taking over from Dr Steve Iley. He said he looked forward to engaging with independent practitioners about how technology could drive quality, outcomes and experience improvements for customers.

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Dr Helen Lawal

‘Lifestyle GP’ to boost preventative care

OneMedicalGroup, a Yorkshire-based health provider with ten sites across the UK, has appointed its first lifestyle GP – TV presenter Dr Helen Lawal. She will lead its health and wellness offering across the group, also known for its OneWellness brand.

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Payslip slips lead to pension woes

By Edie Bourne Independent practitioners who are also employed in the NHS have been advised to check their payslips after substantial numbers were been found to be incorrect. The errors could lead to significant tax breaches if they are left unchecked, advisers told Indepen­dent Practitioner Today.

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