Plenty of pizzas, but a paucity of private care

Now let private doctors get back to doing their work and treating patients! That is the impassioned plea from their specialties’ national body as waiting lists mount and fears grow for the well-being of many thousands of patients whose diagnosis is delayed. The Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO) said: ‘Take-aways are […]...

Your pandemic-related business questions answered

Got a question about tax payments, loans, grants for the self-employed, rates or the job retention scheme? Check out Ian Tongue’s replies to Independent Practitioner Today readers’ common questions.   Tax payments  Do I have to pay my taxes as normal?   That depends on your circumstances. Any payment due on 31 July 2020 under self-assessment for […]...

New app is doctors’ guide ‘to most reliable’ Covid-19 information

Health professionals on the front line of the fight against Covid-19 have been given a guide to through the mass of information on the virus thanks to a team of University of Warwick researchers and hospital clinicians.  They have pooled their knowledge and expertise to create and launch The Covid-19 Team App (https://covid19team.app/), aimed at […]...

Job Retention Scheme update

The Job Retention Scheme (JRS), which was due to end on 30 June 2020, now runs to 31 October 2020. Businesses whose operations have been severely affected by Covid-19 will be able to continue to place workers on furlough leave over this extended period. Vanessa Sanders, of Stanbridge Associates, gives the lowdown The scheme will operate […]...

Help during the crisis

A new programme is being devised to encourage, advise and support private consultants as they deal with new ways of working and novel business models emerging in the months ahead.  The initiative, from the London Consultants Association (LCA), will be aimed at current independent practitioners and younger new entrants.  LCA chairman Dr […]...

Bupa site helps doctors show availability

Consultants have responded positively to a Bupa request to use a new feature on its online Finder directory to help them manage patients’ expectations about their availability during the pandemic. As private hospitals work in partnership with the NHS to boost its capacity to manage Covid-19 patients, the necessary refocusing of resources is affecting consultants’ […]...

Pandemic will change private care, says FIPO

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’. But Mr Richard Packard says: ‘Private practice […]...

Isolated doc starts service to help NHS

Twenty-five per cent of doctors in the UK have been off sick or in isolation, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dr D.J. Hamblin-Brown, former group medical director at Aspen Healthcare, is one of them. Recently returned from running an acute healthcare business in China and not ready to return to his emergency […]...

Lockdown is the time to plan for the future

Times have been tough, but begin the fightback by taking the opportunity now to secure the success of your private practice for the future. Jane Braithwaite offers ten tips. I believe it is now time for doctors working in private practice and owners of private healthcare businesses to be more positive.  The future of private […]...

Private care is more than video consultation

The unique selling point of independent medicine is personalised – and excellent – care, which will become even more desirable after the pandemic. But how viable will our practices be? Independent Doctors Federation president Dr Neil Haughton sees a long road ahead. It seems unlikely our routine will return to anything approaching normal for many […]...

Top CQC score is not worth the fuss

Robin Stride gives a round-up of news from reports in the Independent Doctors Federation’s journal, IDF News. Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections are on hold for now, but when they return, how many independent practitioners will try and achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating? According to the IDF’s adviser on CQC matters, when ratings inspections started last […]...

Merit award delay isn’t all bad news

Consultants who have already applied for national clinical excellence awards (CEAs) for the 2020-21 round have been disappointed to discover the scheme has been suspended. The Government’s advisory committee on awards took the decision to defer applications because of the impact of Covid-19 on all NHS staff.  Patrick Convey, technical director at […]...