A plan for resumption

By Robin Stride

An eight-point plan has been unveiled by the London Consul­tants Association (LCA) to help independent practitioners get back to business following breakthrough talks between private hospital representatives and the NHS.

As reported on our website last month, private practice for thousands of doctors is being kickstarted again from Monday 7 September.

Nearly all private providers in London will be removed from an NHS contract from this date – as will some other facilities outside the capital.

There will be 30%-40% capacity of private patients allowed in independent hospitals in the South-east and a minimum of 25% of normal working hours capacity for private patients in the remainder of England.

The LCA suggests this check list below to help consultants restart their private practice: