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    Avoid the annual allowance trap

    As Independent Practitioner Today has consistently reported, the unfair pensions savings annual allowance charge affects medics particularly badly, even those ...

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By Robin Stride Busy independent practitioners are being urged to schedule space to get their pension position assessed following revised Govern­ment plans to ease doctors’ tax burdens. Specialist medical financial planners warn that, more than ever before, senior medics will need to take some time to carefully plan their likely earnings and contributions for the […]

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Doctors demand pension tax cure

By Edie Bourne The Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO) has expressed doubts over the Government’s suggested ‘fix’ for the doctors’ pensions tax issue.  It said: ‘It may well be that the only long-term solution to address the adverse impact on the work­force capacity is to scrap the Annual Allowance and the Tapered Annual Allowance […]

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Consultants’ warning over adverse events publishing

Plans to publish doctors’ adverse events in the independent sector have brought a strong warning from the organisation representing the professional interests of over 15,000 private consultants. The Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO), which gives a voice to specialists via their specialty organisations, stressed the importance of advising caution when making quality judgements based […]

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Bupa opens new clinic in London

Bupa Cromwell Hospital has launched a new outpatient diagnostic clinic in the City of London, providing a wide range of specialist care and support for patients.  Basinghall Clinic has 16 consulting rooms, two treatment rooms for minor procedures, a gym for physiotherapy and a state-of-the-art imaging suite consisting of an MRI, X-ray and fluoroscopy. 

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Berkshire beam centre to serve capital

A new proton beam therapy suite in Reading, Berkshire – the first such facility in south-east England – aims to serve patients from London and overseas. Patients can consult in Harley Street before treatment at The Rutherford Cancer Centre Thames Valley, which opened its doors to patients at the start of September.

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Electronic billing has a record rise

By Leslie Berry Increased demand from independent practitioners’ practices is pushing electronic billing in the private healthcare sector towards another record year. Figures from Healthcode, the official clearing organisation for private medical bills, show the volume of private medical insurance bills submitted through its online billing service was higher than average in the first quarter […]

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Online booking cuts fee

By Olive Carterton A private GP service launched by a doctor entrepreneur is offering its London patients discounts on short-notice private appointments with all bookings made online. The 10% reduction comes with Doctorcall’s acquisition of Dr Kelly & Associates, an established private clinic in central London. As part of the new partnership, it offers a […]

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Call for waiting list plan

By Douglas Shepherd Surgeons are pressing for a five-year plan to clear a growing NHS patient backlog fuelled by the pensions tax crisis. As more senior doctors cut their hours due to punitive tax charges on their pensions savings, NHS performance data showed a record 4.4m patients were awaiting consultant-led hospital treatment in June.  The […]

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GMC change ‘will benefit doctors’

By Oliver Carterton Doctors’ defence bodies have welcomed Department of Health plans to reform the GMC’s fitness-to-practise (FTP) procedures. The MDU’s Dr Michael Devlin said: ‘FTP processes need to be more responsive and proportionate. We agree the GMC should be able to make a decision on a case without a panel hearing, if appropriate.’  He […]

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Exciting times for Essex consultants

Phoenix Hospital Group (PHG) has predicted exciting opportunities for consultants after buying Baddow Hospital, Chelmsford. It said it aimed to work collegiately with consultants in Essex to offer ‘the very highest standards of private healthcare in exceptional surroundings’. The Baddow Hospital, now to be known as Phoenix Hospital Chelms­ford, adds to PHG’s portfolio including Weymouth […]

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