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    Beware the annual allowance: A financial planner’s view

    Will you join the thousands caught out by the ‘taper’? Dr Benjamin Holdsworth sets out the essential steps needed to check ...

Courts are after you!

By Robin Stride A recruitment drive is underway to find consultants and GPs who want to increase their private incomes by taking on legal work. They are needed for often lucrative employment in writing reports and giving court evidence as expert medical witnesses. A shortage of doctors taking on these roles was highlighted at a […]

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For the record

Record-keeping is an issue widely discussed, the subject of much advice and guidance, but doctors regularly get it wrong. Amie Roadnight has five suggestions to help. It is important that records are accurate, not only to ensure safe and appropriate patient care, but also as a safeguard for you if things go wrong.  After all, […]

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How to make your team thrive

Successful independent practices display five important features. Kingsley Hollis reveals these five ingredient you should emulate. I meet a lot of specialists who are just starting in private practice and I’m always impressed to see their dedication and professional skill.   But while everyone I meet is in their element with patients and clinical work, many […]

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Birmingham to get new 138-bed private hospital

Construction work has begun on a new £100m private hospital in Birmingham, which will provide extra capacity for NHS patients as well as serving private patients.  The 138-bed specialist unit is being built on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham campus for a partnership between HCA Healthcare UK and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust Found­ation Trust.

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Better get clear on transparency

Independent Practitioner Today talked with Anne Coyne, consultant relationship manager for the Private Healthcare Information Network, about how her team has been helping 14,000 private healthcare consultants submit fee data in the lead-up to this month’s start of fees going live on its website Since early January, the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) has been […]

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Fight bad debt by using these forces

  With consultants’ fee levels very much in the news now that they are being published by the Private Healthcare Information Network, Garry Chapman suggests it is the perfect time to take stock of the way your practice’s medical billing and collection is working. He identifies 11 billing issues to address in private practices. Last […]

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Current cover doesn’t work

What is the future of indemnity cover for doctors? David Hare sets out the healthcare providers’ view on what now should happen. Medical indemnity of clinicians has undoubtedly risen up the healthcare agenda over the last few years, with a clear case for reform emerging.   Most notably, the Paterson case – where breast surgeon Ian […]

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Capital feat for London’s PPUs

Our analysis of England’s NHS trust private patient earnings by region has completed its ten-region cycle, so Philip Housden returns to the capital for updated data from the latest published trust annual accounts, and market news. The long-term trend for London to be the engine of growth for the whole NHS PPU sector has continued, […]

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NHS in a new century with same problems

Where we are today in private healthcare owes much to the development of the NHS. Dr Ellen Welch presents more of the key milestones down its 70 years. 2000s The new millennium brings further NHS reshuffling and financial crises. New Labour’s victory in 1997 brought The NHS Plan in 2000, which promised to rebuild the NHS […]

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A hybrid in more ways than one

For independent practitioners who want some of the urban benefits of electric motoring but still enjoy sporty driving on the open road, this car could possibly be the answer. Our motoring correspondent Dr Tony Rimmer reports. Brand association is something that independent practitioners should perhaps take more notice of.  If your clinic has close ties with […]

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Private ambulance services criticised

By Leslie Berry Alarm bells are ringing over the state of independent ambulance services, following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) investigation. Now the inspection watchdog is calling on private ambulance operators and the wider system to do more to ensure patients’ safety. It expressed continuing concern about the overall standard of care across the independent […]

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