First step in aligning NHS and private data

Pilot studies have been launched for the first comprehensive national dataset of ‘whole practice’ information for doctors and hospitals providing both NHS and private hospital care in England. This is seen as an important step forward for The Acute Data Alignment Programme (ADAPt) which will see private healthcare data integrated into NHS […]...

Performance stats for private patients published

New figures show there were 18 serious safety incidents  – known as never events – reported across 273 independent and NHS hospitals treating private patients in 2020.  This compares with 19 across 272 sites between 1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020. Data from the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) also shows there were: 194 […]...

Private doctors welcome delay in easing Covid restrictions

It is a bitter pill for some private doctors, but they have welcomed the delay to easing restrictions in England on 21 June. Independent Doctors Federation president Dr Neil Haughton said: ‘It’s a shame that restrictions have to be extended and we have had to cancel some IDF events, but we cannot ignore the data […]...

Doctors win delay to GP data-sharing plan

Doctors who protested at a controversial NHS Digital plan to share GP records with third parties have secured more time to try and ensure they – and patients – fully understand the implications. According to BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (sic), millions of people were unaware of the plan due to […]...

Private providers call for action on waiting lists

The boss of the national body representing private healthcare providers has called on the Government to reassure patients that it is doing everything possible to tackle the waiting list problem head on. David Hare, chief executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), said the public were consistently stating that bringing down waiting lists was […]...

Surgeons demand waiting lists be made top priority

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is urging the Government to make waiting times its top priority, as new figures show the NHS waiting list has surpassed 5m for the first time.   In a summary of statistics for April 2021, it said: A record 5.12m people were awaiting hospital treatment; For the first time […]...

Doctors are given more time to sort pension tax

Doctors who are asking the Government to pay their large tax bills caused by breaching annual pension savings limits in 2019-20 have been given more time to apply for help through the voluntary Scheme Pays system. They have now been granted an extra eight months to sort out their applications.   The […]...

Defence cover quotes simplified

A new defence insurance policy gathers data for a quote from specialists’ profiles held in Health­code’s Private Practice Register (The PPR). According to Andy Foley, managing director of medical malpractice at global insurance broker Gallagher, its partnership with new company Doctors’ Indemnity will revolutionise the process for clinicians looking for insurance. ...

Get tax relief for working at home

Employed doctors in private practice, and staff employed by independent practitioners, may be able to benefit from tax relief claims for working from home due to coronavirus during 2021-22.  Over 550,000 employed workers have already claimed and are benefitting from the tax relief, according to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If employed […]...

HMRC sends out ‘worrying’ letters

Doctors are being warned of delays in payment of self-assessment tax refunds, and a threat to remove individuals from the self-assessment regime, unless ‘extensive and onerous’ information is provided to tax officials. Accountants report a dramatic increase in letters from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to clients demanding documents and information it […]...

Covid’s impact in figures

Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) data on private activity in the UK confirms experiences of those private practitioners who saw a slow start to 2021.  It said the number of people receiving privately funded acute treatment remained ‘fairly consistent’ from December 2020, with 44,000 episodes of care in January compared with 49,000 […]...

Law change urged to support doctors

The ‘shameful’ disadvantage ethnic minority doctors still experience could be tackled by cutting red tape and giving greater autonomy to the GMC, according to its chief executive.  He said medical regulation reforms, currently being consulted on by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), would give the council freedom to […]...