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.
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.’LOGIN OR REGISTER TO READ MORE……………