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Tougher controls loom

By Robin Stride A Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) bid to improve private practice safety following the Paterson case has sparked patients’ calls for the launch of a whistle-blowing system. College proposals mean independent consultants face tougher clinical governance to cover monitoring of practising privileges and scope of their practice. Better sharing of […]

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IDF fights insurers ‘de-listing’ doctors

By Robin Stride Consultants’ relationships with the private medical insurers continue to top the list of work being tackled by the Independent Doc­tors Federation’s specialists’ group. In his annual written report, the group’s chairman Dr Sean Preston said insurers continued to tighten the financial screw. And numerous doctors, typically the more senior, had complained of […]

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Marc Laniado

The secret to building a successful practice

By Robin Stride  If you want your private practice business to prosper, then be likeable. That was the advice to estab­lished private doctors from a consultant urological surgeon.  Quoting from a patient survey for the DocPreneur Institute and Concierge Medicine, the ability to find a doctor they liked and trusted was voted way ahead of […]

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Key to getting GP referrals

Consultants who give rapid communication back will find favour with the private GP, a leading independent practitioner said. Other attributes the private GP is looking for from them are:  Enough clinic availability;  Admitting rights to good hospitals;  Availability on a mobile phone, especially for emergencies  A private PA;   Ease of […]

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Ministers refuse to cut pension tax

By Edie Bourne The Government has ruled out changing legislation to ease the pension tax burden on senior doctors, following an official Parliam­entary review.  Scottish Tory MP Paul Masterson raised the debate, sharing concerns about the impact the tapered annual allowance was having on consultants and others with many choosing to reduce their hours or […]

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Patients demand more data sharing

By Douglas Shepherd Greater transparency about the safety of private hospitals is needed urgently, according to patients’ representatives. But the Private Patients Forum (PPF) questions whether this would be enough to keep patients safe. The PPF was reacting to the Royal College of Surgeons of England’s (RCS) list of demands for sharing data between the […]

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Cyber security

Healthcode earns top security badge

By Olive Carterton Private healthcare online technology specialists Healthcode has been accredited by the Govern­ment-backed Cyber Essentials scheme, which aims to safeguard UK businesses from cyber criminal threats. It passed an external evaluation to verify its systems and all end-user devices such as PCs and mobiles were robustly protected from cyber-attack and data loss.  Raj […]

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Plea to stop criminalising doctors

A leading lawyer in the healthcare sector has condemned the public and prosecutors for putting doctors on such a high pedestal that any error will inevitably cause them to fall below the perception of acceptable practice.   Hempsons solicitor Bertie Leigh said: ‘People devoted to their profession should not be criminalised if things go wrong, […]

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The right to select hospital is failing

By a staff reporter Consultants are being denied patients in the private sector because less than half of the public are aware that they can choose where they receive their NHS-funded hospital treatment. A new poll by Populus found widespread ignorance about treatment options – despite the legal right to patient choice having been in […]

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GMC speeds up probes into one-off complaints

GMC changes aim to cut the number of full investigations into one-off mistakes by doctors – known as single clinical incidents. The move follows a two-year trial during which information was gathered quickly, following a complaint or referral, to assess if there was any ongoing risk to patients and before deciding if full investigations were […]

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