‘Hugely complex’ pension remedy

Doctors forced to move to the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme will be compensated under new proposals which will remove the age discrimination judged to have arisen by the Court of Appeal.  When the 2015 pension scheme was introduced, older members – within ten years of retiring – were allowed to continue with […]...

Figures show activity is beginning to increase

Hopes are high for continued growth in the private healthcare sector this month following a slow upturn in business over the last few weeks. A steady increase in activity for insurer-funded healthcare has been noted by Healthcode, the UK’s official payment clearing organisation, particularly in oncol­gy where volumes returned to pre-crisis levels […]...

Major London unit starts post-Covid rehab service

HCA’s The Wellington Hospital has launched a post Covid-19 rehabilitation programme – the first of its kind in the UK’s private healthcare sector. The service offers patients tail­ored care from a multidisciplinary team including consultant physicians, psychologists, physio­therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and dietitians.  Patients will have access to The Wellington […]...

Huge rise in team consults via video

Consultants have seen a ten-fold rise in the use of a new remote video consultation platform used to treat patients in the UK and abroad during the pandemic. The number of meeting minutes delivered by Bupa Cromwell Hospital specialists using the service shot up from 3,600 in March to 39,000 in June. ...

PPUs bounce back from Covid-19

PPU Watch The Royal Marsden weathers Covid-19 storm Although travel restrictions and fear of Coronavirus has stopped patients travelling from overseas into the UK, the specialist cancer hospital earned £22m from private patients in the April, May, June quarter, trust board papers reveal.  The Financial Times recently published annual accounts show that private patient income […]...

Bupa launches at-home cardiac check service

Bupa UK Insurance has launched a new rapid cardiac assessment service to all its insured customers.  The service has been introduced amid growing concern from cardiologists that thousands of people may be putting themselves at greater risk of long-term heart damage having delayed seeking medical help during the pandemic.  At the height of the lockdown, […]...

International market could recover later this year . . .

Hopes that international recovery in the private healthcare market would start later this year were expressed by Ted Townsend, author of the LaingBuisson London Private Acute Healthcare Market Report. He thought the backlog of private medical insurance work would soon return to normal, self-pay would probably lag – could providers convert inquiries? – and that […]...

. . . but return will be slow

A hospital group boss warned it will take a long time for business to return to normal. Rob Anderson, chief executive of Aspen Healthcare, reported that central London had been empty, with significant under-used capacity in the NHS and independent sector....

Go easy on doctors, says defence body

The burden of medico-legal investigations on doctors needs to be minimised as complaints processes and other probes resume, the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has warned.  GMC investigations, NHS complaints procedures and Ombuds­men’s complaints processes resumed last month, having been on hold during the pandemic.  The Medical Practitioners Trib­unal Service (MPTS) also […]...

Patients want virtual consultations to stay

Virtual consultations are here to stay and are strongly supported by the public, according to a survey. It found over half the population are now comfortable with the idea of talking to their GP by phone or video.  And 61% would either prefer to keep seeing their doctor remotely or would like […]...

Union carps about Covid

Surgeons’ and anaesthetists’ trade union The Confederation of British Surgery (CBS) has hit out at ‘fake news’ that healthcare workers are dying at the same rate as the general population during the pandemic. Consultant plastic surgeon and CBS founding member Mr Mark Henley said it was a fallacy which kept getting amplified […]...

Pay award is labelled ‘a slap in the face’

A 2.8% general uplift in pay for consultants’ NHS work, backdated to April and payable next month, has been criticised by the BMA as ‘a metaphorical slap in the face’. Its consultants’ leader Dr Rob Harwood said the Government had put billions of pounds into business and industry to help keep the economy afloat during […]...