Covid jab for private doctors welcomed

By Robin Stride

Independent practitioners and the private hospitals where they work have breathed a sigh of relief that doctors and staff will get equitable access to the Covid-19 vaccine.

FIPO chairman Mr Richard Packard

Speaking for the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO), its chairman Mr Richard Packard told Independent Practitioner Today: ‘FIPO welcomes the recognition of the role of doctors working in the independent sector on the front line face to face with their patients, entitling them to parity with NHS colleagues for Covid-19 vaccination.’

London Consultants Association (LCA) chairman Dr Mark Vanderpump responded: ‘The LCA strongly supports the ability of consultants working within the private sector to access the vaccine as soon as possible. 

‘We recommend that members contact their GP to confirm that they are prioritised within category 2 and ensure that their contact details are correct, as the vaccine may become available at short notice.’

Independent Practitioner Today columnist David Hare, chief executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said: ‘Independent healthcare providers have played a key role in the health system’s response to the pandemic, delivering care to millions of NHS and private patients. 

‘We therefore welcome the latest NHS guidance on rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine to healthcare workers which clearly states that staff working in the independent healthcare sector will have equitable and timely access to the vaccine. 

‘IHPN will be working closely with central and regional NHS teams so they have full sight of their local independent sector workforce to ensure a swift roll-out of the vaccine via NHS Hospital hubs, which will provide maximum protection to both staff and their patients.’

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