Call to put an end to solo doctors

Laingbuisson private healthcare summit 2022

The president-elect of the Indep­endent Doctors Federation called for an end to the lone private doctor.

Dr Phil Batty

Dr Philip Batty, one of 300 doctors on an employment contract at the just-opened Cleveland Clinic in London, told the conference sole practitioners should be phased out.

He said: ‘I worry about people working independently. Some will be excellent, I don’t doubt that, but it just leaves an opportunity for a maverick, for a Shipman, for a Paterson or something of that nature and I seriously worry about that.’