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    Surgeon’s manslaughter ordeal

    David Sellu was a surgeon with a distinguished record extending over 40 years. In 2010, a patient died under his care ...

Jane Dacre

Plan to help private doctors with stress

By Robin Stride Independent practitioners will have access to their own ‘well-being guardians’ in private surgeries, clinics and hospitals under plans being promoted this month by a doctors’ defence body. These posts are being developed in the NHS and now the Medical Protection Society (MPS) is pushing to have them mirrored in the private healthcare […]

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Pension pain continues

By Edie Bourne Doctors will be able to choose their own NHS pension contribution rate in a bid to avoid substantial tax bills under new Govern­ment proposals launched last month (September).  If approved, the changes would mean increased flexibility for doctors, who would receive the same pension accrual as the contribution rate chosen.  Before 1 […]

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Advice committee heads to be paid

By Robin Stride Consultants are for the first time to be paid to chair medical advisory committees (MACs) in private hospitals. In a break with tradition in the sector, which has seen doctors do this work on a voluntary basis, specialists at Spire Healthcare’s 39 hospitals will be paid £12,000 a year each to head […]

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HCA link to China to expand market

By Douglas Shepherd Consultants working at HCA Healthcare UK hospitals are being offered new private practice opportunities to see patients from China. International patients based there now have access to oncology expertise and treatment by HCA UK under a partnership with Circle Harmony. The deal enables Circle Harmony patients to have virtual consultations and get […]

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Health clinics top hackers’ hit list

By Edie Bourne The need for private practices to give close attention to data security has been underlined by a report naming healthcare as the most breached industry in the US. Cyber-attack prevention specialists SecurityScorecard said although the industry recognised that reported incidents of data breaches were rising, and had stringent data security compliance and […]

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Plastic surgeons face drop in cosmetic ops

 By Olive Carterton Brexit could bring a further drop in business for many plastic surgeons, a major report from industry analysts warns. According to LaingBuisson, the cosmetic surgery market is likely to be hit ‘particularly hard’ if there is an economic downturn as a result of Britain leaving the EU.  It says the market suffered […]

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Look abroad to boost earnings

Private healthcare operators have ‘significant opportunities’ for growth outside of private medical insurance if they look to the Middle East and put effort into these markets. Healthcare consultancy company boss Elizabeth Boultbee said the main government purchasers of treatment abroad – Kuwait, Qatar, The United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – had spent […]

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Care complaints continue to rise

By Robin Stride Official complaints from patients about consultant care in private practice are continuing to rise year on year, with 59% of complaints including this element in 2017-18. This compares to 52% the year before and 33% in 2016-17, according to the Independent Healthcare Sector Complaints Adjudication Service (ISCAS). Its annual report said how […]

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Pets’ health takes sway

By Leslie Berry Patients are more likely to pay for the healthcare of their pet than go for a private healthcare check-up, a study has found. Research commissioned by Bluecrest Health Screening found that half of UK adults (48%) pay for health checks and appointments for their pets, but just one in ten (11%) said […]

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Rutherford opens third cancer unit

HRH The Duke of Gloucester has officially opened the £35m Rutherford Cancer Centre North East, heralding what the owners regard as a significant milestone for advanced cancer care in the region. The unit, near Bedlington, Northumberland, has opened to meet patient demand in an area with some of the highest incidence of cancer in the […]

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