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    Surgeon’s manslaughter ordeal

    David Sellu was a surgeon with a distinguished record extending over 40 years. In 2010, a patient died under his care ...

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Plan to help private doctors with stress

By Robin Stride Independent practitioners will have access to their own ‘well-being guardians’ in private surgeries, clinics and hospitals under plans being promoted this month by a doctors’ defence body. These posts are being developed in the NHS and now the Medical Protection Society (MPS) is pushing to have them mirrored in the private healthcare […]

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Five ways to success with property

Dr Lafina Diamandis outlines the five big investment strategies that doctors need to know when it comes to bricks and mortar. Having a plan when it comes to property investment is vital. It’s like setting up a business or becoming a doctor – you’re unlikely to succeed if you set out without a plan or identifying […]

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Take stock of your marketing drives

Private Practice Growth Guide The Private Practice Growth Guide is designed to give independent practitioners the knowledge and tools they need to develop their private practice. Whether you are an experienced private doctor or finding your feet, this series will serve as a helpful guide to the exciting, and sometimes confusing, world of healthcare marketing. […]

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Reconnecting with nature aids health

Independent Practitioner Today’s series on how to create a great user experience continues as Nick Butcher and Dr Nick Hayward delve into the world of biophilic design. Biophilic design is a concept being increasingly incorporated into stores, offices, homes and healthcare.  With the word ‘well-being’ considered so much more than just a buzzword of the […]

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Are benefits in kind always really kind?

Ian Tongue highlights some of the more common taxable benefits that private doctors might come across. When it comes to paying tax on earnings, most doctors are familiar with the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system and how tax and National Insurance is deducted on your monthly income.  But running alongside this are other components […]

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Ever-rising cost of being sued

Keep it Legal: Negligence costs Niloo Bozorgi looks at the costs of clinical negligence claims for independent practitioners and upcoming changes that will affect them Overall costs of clinical negligence claims are now widely acknowledged to be at an unsustainable level and the Govern­ment has commenced various consultations on developing a cross-government strategy to control costs. The […]

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Safely sewn together

Implications for independent doctors arising from the NHS Patient Safety Strategy are examined by David Hare. Patient safety once again hit the headlines this summer with the publication of a new NHS Patient Safety Strategy.  This 80-page document was commissioned by Health Secre­tary Matt Hancock to go alongside the NHS Long Term Plan and ensure […]

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What doctors really want

Independent practitioners have revealed to a survey what they really want from a practice management system. Kingsley Hollis presents some key findings. Businesses that take customer loyalty for granted are doomed to failure. When Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants called in the administrators last Spring, commentators lined-up to give their verdict on what had gone wrong.  While […]

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When parents accuse you

‘Business Dilemmas’ A solicitor’s letter brings concern to a doctor following a consultation with a child. Dr Ellie Mein gives her advice         Dilemma 1 What is a Finding of Fact hearing? Q I am a consultant paediatrician who has been asked to provide a report on a seven-year-old child whom I […]

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Income down but potential remains

Our monthly analysis of how private patient units are faring turns its attention to the 17 NHS trusts delivering acute care services to the south-west counties of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire. Philip Housden reports. Regional total private patient revenues in the South-west fell significantly last year after a static period of three […]

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A very rewarding driver experience

‘Doctor on the Road’: Porsche 992 It’s a doctor’s favourite – but can the latest version of the iconic 911 live up to expectations? Dr Tony Rimmer couldn’t wait to find out… If, as a private medical practitioner, you can create something groundbreaking and unique – a treatment, a service or a luxury clinic – then you […]

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