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Tax drive to hit doctors

By Robin Stride Moves to improve tax compliance could backfire and lead to some doctors cutting their commitment to the private sector, specialist medical accountants warn. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced: ➲ A tightening up of compliance issues for ‘wealthy individuals’. Accountants say most consultants would be regarded as wealthy in the taxman’s […]

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First private unit of its kind opens

By Robin Stride One Healthcare has opened a new 34-bed, private hospital with six operating theatres in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Billed as ‘the first private musculoskeletal-centric centre in the UK’, it follows the opening of the company’s first hospital, One Ashford, in Kent in April 2016. Others are planned over the next few years in the […]

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Incomes from NHS PPUs go up by 4.6%

By Philip Housden NHS trusts again achieved record incomes from private patients, an analysis of recently published 2016-17 annual accounts shows. There are some marked trends apparent from the data compiled by the Housden Group.

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Outcome website ‘a big opportunity’

By Robin Stride An independent doctors’ leader has commended a new online portal as ‘a superb opportunity’ for consultants to showcase their clinical expertise and excellence. Independent Doctors Federation (IDF) president Dr Brian O’Connor praised the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) for its work providing data about consultant activities and outcomes. Hundreds of specialists have […]

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Bupa starts cancer self-referral service

Bupa has launched the UK’s most comprehensive self-referral cancer service – Cancer Direct Access. Patients experiencing cancer symptoms need not wait for a GP referral but can call the insurer’s Cancer Direct Access team to have an appointment booked with a specialist consultant.  

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Paterson probe to be wide-reaching

The private healthcare sector has welcomed the widening of a scrutiny into the circumstances and practices surrounding the malpractice of consultant breast surgeon Ian Paterson. An independent non-statutory inquiry for the Department of Health is expected to examine a wide range of issues in private care including doctors’ defence cover, providers’ insurers, responsibility for the […]

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Healthcode system boosted

By Charles King Doctors’ private practices will be able to operate more effectively using an enhanced version of Healthcode’s online practice management and billing system ePractice manager. Designers say it will be particularly beneficial for larger practices with multiple locations.

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Doctors fail to seek help

By Robin Stride Doctors who find they are suffering from working under increased pressure are being targeted for help in a new campaign run by a medical charity. According to a Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) survey, there is still a stigma among doctors about asking for help and support.

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