Will you qualify for the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme?

Accountant Vanessa Sanders says the full details of the Chancellor’s announcement for financial help for the self-employed have yet to be released, but this is the latest as at 27 March: Open to self-employed individuals whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. This includes partners in a partnership. The individual must have filed a […]...

Can the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme help you?

The temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme supports small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by giving access to loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance of up to £5m and for up to six years, writes Vanessa Sanders. The Government will also make a Business Interruption Payment to cover the first 12 months of interest payments […]...

What you need to know about the Job Retention Scheme

What you need to know about the Job Retention Scheme. Vanessa Sanders gives an update (27 March). The scheme will be up and running by the end of April. Employers will be able to claim the associated employers’ National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions. The scheme is open to all UK […]...

Managing your business through Covid-19

Special report. More than most businesses owners, independent practitioners are painfully aware of the effects current circumstances will have not only on the nation’s health, but also of the massive impact that Covid-19 will have on finances. Don’t miss this analysis and latest advice to help your business through these troubled times, written by Vanessa Sanders […]...

End of independence?

Results of the Paterson Report will spark a widespread drift away from self-employment to a salaried service for doctors in private practice. This is the view of the chairman of the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO) following last month’s release of findings from the long-running former Bishop of Norwich’s inquiry into […]...

Excellence awards intensify doctors’ pension problems

Doctors have been warned that the Clinical Excellence Award (CEA) they have just received could prove to be another tax headache.  Patrick Convey, technical director at specialist financial planners Cavendish Medical, said it was frustrating for specialists to discover that the reward for their hard work and recognition by their peers could […]...

E-billing enjoys a surge from both doctors and hospitals

The private healthcare industry’s official clearing organisation is reporting a surge in providers submitting electronic bills to private medical insurers. Healthcode, celebrating its 20th anniversary, said volumes rose 12% to 7m, accounting for over £3.3bn revenue for the sector....

Bid to make safety law for private care

Private healthcare providers are backing doctors’ bodies in a bid to get a proposed new Health Service Safety Investigations Bill (HSSIB) to expand its remit to cover both NHS and independently funded care. Independent Healthcare Prov­iders Network (IHPN) chief executive David Hare argues that with independent healthcare providers delivering over two million […]...

Briefings on private care developments

More personal and pastoral support to members of the London Consultants’ Association (LCA) is underway in a new initiative.  The first in a series of small private lunches was held at Quo Vadis Restaurant in Soho where guest speaker Rosemary Hittinger discussed clinical data, consultants’ responsibilities and the Private Healthcare Information […]...

Registry to improve venous care by collating outcomes

A new registry for the treatment of varicose veins and venous-related conditions will enable doctors to compare their treatments and patient outcomes along with rates of improvements and recurrence in the long term.  The College of Phlebology’s Venous Registry enables doctors to keep up with the number of patients seen, techniques showing best outcomes, long-term […]...

Crowning achievement for The City’s first private unit

The main structure of the City of London’s first independent hospital, being built for Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, has been completed and marked with a topping out ceremony....

Beware revealing too much on the internet

Doctors have been advised to beware revealing too much about themselves online following a number of cases where infatuated patients were able to discover medical professionals’ personal details. Incidents reported by Medical Defence Union (MDU) members range from patients asking the doctor out for a drink to more persistent behaviour such as sending inappropriate cards […]...