Pandemic will change private care, says FIPO

By Leslie Berry

Independent practice has almost totally disappeared as available resources are dedicated to coping with the threat posed by Covid-19.

It has been, as the chairman of the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO) puts it, ‘unprecedented times for the provision of healthcare in the UK’.

Mr Richard Packard

But Mr Richard Packard says: ‘Private practice has stepped up to help with the national emergency and we must hope that as things improve, the co-operation seen between the NHS and private sectors will remain for the benefit of all patients.’

A position statement from the organisation produced for Indep­endent Practitioner Today reflects on some major changes in how doctors are deployed, such as specialist trainees working outside their disciplines to ease the pressures on the NHS.