Top CQC award for HCA centre with no waiting list

A Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘outstanding’ rating for The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront Outpatients and Diagnostics Centre brings HCA Healthcare UK up to 16 top ratings, a higher proportion than any other private hospital group. Examples of outstanding practice highlighted by the quality watchdog include no waiting list for outpatients. Rapid-access care pathways meant patients […]...

Watchdog rates London cosmetic clinic inadequate

A private cosmetic clinic on Harley Street, London, has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and placed in special measures, following an inspection in March. Cranley Clinic – which provides a range of treatments including cosmetic surgery, dental services and dermatology treatment – was also suspended by the watchdog after the inspection […]...

NHS failing to use private hospitals to tackle long waits

Private hospital capacity is being wasted because NHS hospitals are failing to involve them in planning to help ease the elective care backlog in 2022-23. Figures from an Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) survey of 20 private hospital members found one in four had not been involved in any planning discussions about […]...

Surgeons welcome fall in longer waits

The Royal College of Surgeons of England has welcomed the progress made to slash long waits for NHS patients, as new data show two-year waits for treatment almost halved in three months.  Figures from NHS England shows 12,735 people were waiting more than two years for hospital treatment in April 2022, down from 23,778 in […]...

GMC guidance change is labelled ‘confusing’

Independent practitioners are being exhorted to respond to GMC proposals which a defence body fears could have unintended consequences on doctors’ working lives. The MDU’s concerns follow the launch of its ‘forensic’ analysis of the Council’s consultation proposing a shake-up of Good Medical Practice, reported by Independent Practitioner Today last month. Defence […]...

Thousands of pension statements are wrong

NHS informs pension members of mistakes Nearly 3,000 NHS scheme members have been sent pension statements which are wrong.  The erroneous documents were dated between 20 April and 27 April but an investigation has been launched to see if the substantial mistake could span a greater date range.  The NHS Pension Agency […]...

IDF shows its caring side

New chief aims for inclusivity The new president of the Indep­endent Doctors Federation (IDF) has unveiled plans for the group to better serve private consultants and GPs who have suffered prejudice. Dr Phil Batty said although the IDF was an inclusive organisation, he believed it could do better.  Giving his first speech in his new […]...

Vein clinic surges back from Covid

Leading vein clinic The Whiteley Clinic is expanding its services to patients on the south coast with the opening of a fourth clinic location. The new Bournemouth venue, which opened last month, represent a huge boost for the business following a ‘torrid’ two years dealing with the pressures resulting from the […]...

Doctor spurs relief effort for Ukraine

A Ukrainian doctor practising in the UK has teamed up with his hospital operator to deliver over 110 tonnes of urgent medical supplies to hospitals across his homeland. His appeal has received a massive response from colleagues with more than £1.4m worth of medical supplies and funds donated by Circle Health Group’s […]...

NHS preparing strategy for private patient units

PPU Watch Compiled by Philip Housden NHS England and NHS Improve­ment Commercial are preparing a national strategy for Private Patient Development. They have brought in Latchmore Associates to provide external strategic advice and support on how the NHS private patient offer in England could be optimised to generate the most efficient and effective return on […]...

Mental health top of pay help claims

Doctors’ mental health problems have been highlighted by new figures showing these conditions accounted for the highest number of income protection claims last year. Just over a quarter of claimers put mental health down as the primary factor behind their claim with the mutual Wesleyan Financial Services.  But hospital doctors and GPs […]...

Intraoperative MRI treats first patient

Delighted specialists at HCA’s The Wellington Hospital in London have used a new intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) scanner on its first patient.  The 3T Siemens scanner, integrated into the BrainLab digital operating theatre, allows a scan of a patient’s brain during surgery to give surgeons confidence they have achieved their treatment […]...