PHIN asks doctors to submit fee data

Consultants are to be reminded they are legally obliged to provide their fee information to the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN). The organisation is now stepping up its contact with specialists following a break during Covid-19. PHIN has been limiting communications with consultants because so many of them were focused on addressing the pandemic over […]...

Private providers ready to tackle NHS backlog

Private providers have urged the Government to tackle record NHS waiting lists by tearing into the backlog of care as a major priority. The private sector will need to play a significant role to help, according to The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN).  Chief executive David Hare said: ‘Independent providers have now delivered over 3.2 […]...

London market stalls

Consultants’ private practice in central London is likely to be quiet for the next three months due to patients becoming ‘jittery again’ in the third lockdown, analysts warn. LaingBuisson’s 7th edition of its Private Acute Healthcare Central London Market Report finds the area’s private acute healthcare market in the year running up […]...

New law to rectify pension inequity

Doctors who found out last month they can decide which benefits they should take to remedy the age discrimination caused by moving to the 2015 pension scheme have been told that new legislation is being drafted – but will not be in place for several years. ...

Advice follows email scam strike on doctor

Smart thinking thwarted a phishing scam that could have resulted in a hefty financial loss for one doctor. Accountants who are members of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants (AISMA) were tipped off about the incident by a colleague so that they could make their doctor clients aware of it....

The rise of the robots at King Edward VII unit

    Four colorectal surgeons from Precision Surgery Group are delivering a new robotics surgery service at London’s independent King Edward VII’s Hospital. ...

Rise in phone calls indicates recovery

  ‘Private practice is bouncing back’ is the message from private practice management services company Designated Medical. It reports a ‘buzz in the air’ in recent weeks following its busiest time for many months as consultants’ practices experience more inquiries and bookings....

Pancreas cancer first for The London Clinic

  The London Clinic has announced it is the first independent hospital in the UK to employ OncoSil, a ‘breakthrough’ new treatment for pancreatic cancer. This is a single-use brachytherapy device (internal radiation) that delivers a pre-determined dose of beta-radiation directly into cancerous tissue.  It is used in combination with chemotherapy to treat patients with […]...

New Bupa service for menopause

Menopause Plan, a new product from Bupa Health Clinics, gives women 45 minutes with a trained menopause GP who will develop a personalised care programme for managing their symptoms.  Customers will then have a follow-up appointment 12 weeks later and a year’s access to Bupa’s Anytime Healthline, a 24/7 nurse-led service. ...

PHIN’s data study will help doctors

A new research project aims to give consultants more meaningful feedback about the work they do in private practice. It will initially focus on three projects: patient reported outcome measures (PROMs), adverse events and the substitution of care between the public and private healthcare sector.  The work is being carried out under […]...

Points system for late payers of tax

New rules are being introduced for late filing and late payment penalties for income tax self-assessment. It will apply with effect from 6 April 2023 for taxpayers within the Making Tax Digital regime – those with business or property turnover of more than £10,000 per year – and 6 April 2024 for […]...

Reform urged for medical defence

Calls are mounting to begin the task of planning a huge defence cover shake-up for independent practitioners. Leaders from a range of interests in the private healthcare sector are keen to see  discretionary defence cover replaced by a much fairer system.  Their views were aired at a digital conference attended by an […]...