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    Pension tax porkies

    More senior doctors are triggering harsh tax bills because of pensions tax. However, rash decisions are unwise, warns Hugh Davies, ...

Fee obscurity is shown in survey

By Robin Stride A new survey backs up calls in Independent Practitioner Today for clearer information on fees in private hospitals. According to the Private Health­care Information Network (PHIN), private healthcare prices are becoming more transparent but more progress is needed.  Its criticism came after it commissioned an informal secret shopper exercise* and frequently found […]

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Hospitals slow in giving safety data

By Robin Stride Consultants have voiced frustration to the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) over the failure of some independent hospitals to send in completed activity data for publishing. As we went to press, as many as 483 hospitals had not submitted sufficiently complete and valid data for the network to publish a robust view […]

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Don’t give up your pension safeguard

By Edie Bourne Thousands of pension savers have unwittingly cancelled the protection they had put in place to guard against tax charges on their lifetime savings.  HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed that more than 12,000 individuals have lost one of the different types of ‘lifetime allowance’ protections in the last 12 years.  The […]

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Innovations guide to stop mavericks

By a staff reporter Entrepreneurial surgeons have been given new guidance with updated thinking on the development and implementation of surgical innovations such as robot-assisted surgery and new operating techniques.  The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) says a strong framework is needed for developing surgical innovations to ensure patient safety, as well as […]

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Mayo and Oxford link to launch in capital

Four salaried specialists have been appointed by ‘Mayo Clinic Health­care in partnership with Oxford University Clinic’ to form the core medical team at its new preventative healthcare facility due to open this summer.  Committed to delivering ‘a unique approach to patient-centred care’, the clinic will offer premium screening and diagnostic services at 15 Portland Place, […]

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Dated: 16/05/2019
The Rutherford Cancer Centre North East, in Bedlington, Northumberland, where the arrival of high energy proton beam therapy - an advanced type of radiotherapy used in cancer treatment - signals a brighter future in the battle against cancer in the North East.
Chris Land, centre manager, and Joanne Smith, founder of leading North East cancer charity Fighting Against Cancer Together (FACT), have joined forces to ensure patients receive a supportive, professional and holistic experience.
Pictured with clinical staff at the centre.

Third proton beam centre opens

A step change in the UK’s proton beam therapy capability has been signalled with the opening of a cancer centre in Northumber­land.  But the arrival of three Rutherford proton beam therapy centres, in Wales, Berkshire and now at Bomarsund, Northumber­land – plus an NHS facility in Manchester – means a transformed landscape for advanced cancer […]

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Taxman warns of rise in scams using cash baits

By Leslie Berry Taxpayers have been warned to continue to beware of phishing scams allegedly eminating from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Despite continued action and warnings, cases continue to rise, with criminals using increasingly sophisticated methods to target the unwary.  They use landlines, emails, text messages and social media to distribute bogus HMRC information […]

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Cut NHS waits with private units’ help

By Douglas Shepherd The private hospitals trade body has urged NHS bosses to come up with a firm strategy involving independent units to bring down rocketing waiting times. As many as 4.23m people were waiting to start planned, consultant-led hospital treatment in the first quarter of 2019 – 10% more than the same period last […]

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Time with NHS GP to move nearer private ones

Consultation times for GPs in the NHS will move closer to those in private practice in the next decade, according to predictions from the RCGP. It forecasts 15-minute consultation times for GPs in the NHS, instead of ten minutes – only half the time many private GPs spend with their patients.  

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