Future Healthcare

Advice committee heads to be paid

By Robin Stride

Consultants are for the first time to be paid to chair medical advisory committees (MACs) in private hospitals.

In a break with tradition in the sector, which has seen doctors do this work on a voluntary basis, specialists at Spire Healthcare’s 39 hospitals will be paid £12,000 a year each to head its MACs.

Each post-holder will now be appointed, rather than voted for, and will serve in the role for a fixed term of four years. 

Dr Jean-Jacques de Gorter

Spire group medical director Dr Jean-Jacques de Gorter told Indep­endent Practitioner Today: ‘It’s going to be interesting to see if they can walk the tightrope of representing the doctors’ views, but acting in accordance with patient safety and good governance and oversight.’

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