Doctors’ bodies unite to call for pension reform

Leading medical bodies have joined to call for reformation of the pension tax system which is robbing many consultants of tens of thousands of pounds. In an appeal to the Government, as part of an effort to prevent mounting early retirements of consultants, they call for the punitive charges to be sorted in the next […]...

Advice on the Job Support Scheme

Stanbridge Associates’ specialist medical accountant Vanessa Sanders outlines next month’s Job Support Scheme. Starting on 1 November, the Job Support Scheme (JSS) will run for six months until 30 April 2021.  It is offering support to businesses facing reduced demand throughout the winter months. The employer must continue to pay workers for the actual hours worked, […]...

Revival views clash

Private providers’ predictions of ‘strong growth’ in domestic self-pay next year are being downplayed by consultants in private practice. According to an ‘industry barometer’ survey from the Indep­endent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), its members anticipate a 2021 change in fortunes in NHS PPUs and the private sector. The hospitals and clinics trade […]...

Doctors urged to ask for pension statements

Doctors are being advised not to wait to receive their pension statement for the 2019-20 tax year from the NHS Pensions Agency (NHSPA) but to actively request it to check their true tax position. Although the Government last winter agreed to pay the tax charge for some clinicians for this period, few […]...

Bid to blazon Harley Street’s attractions

Independent practitioners’ landlords, The Howard de Walden Estate, is harnessing a range of initiatives to raise the profile of the Harley Street Medical Area (HSMA) here and overseas. Its property director Simon Baynham told Independent Pract­itioner Today: ‘The HSMA has many attractions that go far beyond its medical credentials: its centrality, […]...

Private care bounces back during summer

A welcome rise in private healthcare insurer-funded activity has been recorded for the summer months. Some areas returned to pre-lockdown treatment levels and hospital patient numbers, according to the data from Healthcode, the UK’s official clearing organisation for private medical bills. It reported that August 2020 saw insurer-funded activity in the sector […]...

Radiotherapy unit opens

The new GenesisCare Centre for Radiotherapy at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London is being billed as ‘Europe’s most advanced radiotherapy centre’. It offers access to radiotherapy technologies such as MRIdian, MR Linac, Gamma Knife Icon and Varian Edge and will specialise in complex and difficult-to-treat tumours including cancers of the abdomen, […]...

Share decisions with patients

All doctors are being urged by the GMC to read and familiarise themselves with its new 40-page document Decision-making and consent before this comes into effect on Monday 9 November.  The guidance, following ‘extensive consultation’ with doctors, lawyers, patient groups and others, emphasises that effective decision-making based on conversations between doctors and […]...

Clinic’s weekend success

Patients like seeing their consultants in London at weekends because they feel safer when travelling. That is one of the findings of outpatient clinic London Medical during the pandemic. The clinic began extending its opening hours on Saturdays and Sundays during lockdown and is offering a full range of clinical services over […]...

IT has solution to regulatory onus

Independent practitioners have been given a valuable insight about how technology will minimise the regulatory burden of the new Medical Practitioner’s Assur­ance Framework (MPAF). The requirement, announced in Independent Practitioner Today in November 2019, is being universally adopted by private hospitals, and members of the Doctors Club were given a run-down of […]...

Pandemic hits opening of huge private hospital

The pandemic has pushed back the planned opening of a major new hospital: the under-construction Cleveland Clinic London.  Chief executive Dr Brian Donley said: ‘The Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges and an unavoidable delay due to lockdown, but we are now making great progress while ensuring the safety of all workers […]...

Minister visits cancer centre that defied the pandemic

UK Government in Wales Minister David T.C. Davies visited Ruther­ford Cancer Centre South Wales to show support and highlight the contribution independent cancer centres can make in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The unit in Newport, Gwent, was the first cancer facility to bring proton beam therapy to the UK in 2018 and now offers […]...