Future Healthcare

Start of fee disclosures

By Robin Stride The private healthcare sector’s new age of fee transparency, now well underway, is being welcomed by consultants’ representatives. Specialists have started to be contacted by the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) to enable them to meet the new requirement to publish the typical fees they charge patients when offering private treatment or […]

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Doctors group has new head

By Olive Carterton The new chairman of the Feder­ation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO) has predicted a hefty workload dealing with aspects of private practice in the years ahead. Consultant ophthalmic surgeon Mr Richard Packard said: ‘For the future, FIPO’s role will be critical, for there are a number of serious issues facing the sector.  […]

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Big indemnity shake-up

By a staff reporter Doctors’ organisations along with defence and insurance providers  and other interested parties have been compiling and sending in their responses to Government proposals advocating a huge defence cover shake-up. As reported in last month’s issue, the Department of Health and Social Care is advocating the merits of insurance rather than the […]

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Best of beauty business

By Edie Bourne Aesthetic practitioner and trainer Dr Simon Ravichandran has been crowned Medical Aesthetic Practitioner of the Year. His ABC Lasers Award was presented to him in front of more than 800 guests at Aesthetics Awards 2018 held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, London. 

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Spreading best practice

By Robin Stride Private consultants and their representative bodies are being asked for their input into a best practice handbook for the independent healthcare sector. The ‘Consultant Oversight Framework’, due in the Spring, aims to ensure best practice and excellence found by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is spread across all independent acute hospitals. Former […]

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BMA hails end of tendering

The BMA has welcomed proposals in the NHS Long-Term Plan around potential legislative changes to remove restrictive competition rules in the health service. Council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: ‘Since the inception of competition rules embodied in the Health and Social Care Act in 2012, the BMA has consistently called for such a wasteful use […]

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Take care merit awards don’t spark pension tax

By Edie Bourne Private consultants who also work in the NHS have just been notified whether they have secured a new Clinical Excellence Award (CEA) – but there may be a sting in the tail for those hearing the good news. Financial planners have warned Independent Practitioner Today that many doctors may be shocked to […]

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First eating disorders clinic of its kind opens

By Leslie Berry A multidisciplinary intensive day clinic for eating disorders – claimed to be the UK’s first – has opened its doors in London.  Named Orri, the company aims to fill a gap by providing early and intensive treatment and so disrupt the cycle of waiting lists, hospitalisation, discharge and relapse. It is currently […]

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Optegra expands its latest eye techique

Optegra Eye Health Care has invested £1.1m in SMILE laser technology at two more of its hospitals: in Birmingham and near Fareham, Hampshire. This follows ‘outstanding’ results with the latest generation laser eye surgery technology at its London and Manchester hospitals.

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(Pictured: Images from the Rutherford Diagnostics ground breaking event in Liverpool)

Ground-breaking medical project

Work has begun on Rutherford Diagnostics’ £20m five-storey HQ in Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool).  The company aims to cut waiting times for diagnostic tests from weeks to days and develop  partnerships with private healthcare and NHS organisations to help achieve this.

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