You’re invited to a free pensions and tax webinar

Independent Practitioner Today readers are invited to a special webinar: ‘NHS Pensions and Tax – what you need to know’ on Tuesday 28 September at 6.30pm. Specialist financial planners Elliot Lund and David Murphy, of Cavendish Medical, will discuss these key topics: Current NHS pension benefits and recent changes; McCloud – the 2015 Pension Scheme […]...

Tax year set to change

Independent practitioners are being warned they face an administrative ‘nightmare’ under plans which could confront them with a change of tax year alongside the move to Making Tax Digital (MTD). The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is suggesting two options for the Treasury to replace the date of the end of the […]...

Ask for pension statement now

Independent practitioners with an NHS position are being advised not to wait to discover if they will receive an annual pension statement from the NHS Pensions Agency. Specialist medical financial advisers Cavendish Medical is telling doctors they should actively request a statement now for 2020-21 to establish whether they are likely to […]...

Clarity on sponsor deals

Calls for greater transparency about doctors’ interests, partic­ularly payments from the pharma­ceutical and medical device industry, are being backed by ministers and private healthcare operators.  In a long-awaited response to last year’s Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, the Government has rejected a recommendation for the GMC’s register to be expanded […]...

How to deal with abusive patients

We reported last month on a joint survey by Independent Practitioner Today and the Medical Defence Union (MDU) revealing that as many as one-in-five private doctors have suffered abuse from their private patients during the pandemic. Dr Caroline Fryar, head of advisory services, gives her view on abusive patients and how independent practitioners should respond. […]...

Consultant sells practice to HCA

A practice set up by an entrepreneurial consultant to look after pregnant mothers and women with fertility problems has celebrated its 21st year by being sold to hospital group HCA. The Birth Company in Harley Street, and more recently in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, has been acquired to enhance the work of The […]...

MDU’s defence success

Over eight-in-ten medical claims against doctor members of the Medical Defence Union (MDU) were successfully defended last year, its annual report reveals. Some 82% of medical claims and 56% of dental claims brought against members were successfully defended.  The defence body said 83% of GMC cases involving MDU members at the case […]...

Surgeons blind to their eco damage

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of surgeons say they have received no guidance to improve the sustainability of their practice.  A global survey by the Euro­pean Society of Coloproc­t­ology (ESCP) found only 6% of respondents had received direction on sustainable surgery at a national level. The colorectal surgeons’ organisation said: ‘Surgery is the most […]...

London PPU starts overseas network

PPU Watch Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s private patient arm has established an international network with a first member, Aman Hospital, Qatar. This 100-bed facility offers a wide range of medical and surgical services across numerous special­ties, including cardiology, ophthalmology and obstetrics. It is expected to open next month. Multidisciplinary teams from the trust will […]...

Complaints service joins larger body to secure future

The Independent Sector Comp­laints Adjudication Service (ISCAS) believes it has assured its future role in supporting private practice by moving under the umbrella of dispute resolution experts. It is linking with mediation specialist the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), an internationally recognised leader in the field with experience across all sectors, from small claims […]...

Fix pensions to retain doctors

Fixing the pensions tax fiasco, which has cost specialists many thousands of pounds, is crucial to retain consultants, a doctors’ leader has warned. BMA consultants committee chairman Dr Vishal Sharma urged the Government to not simply focus on recruiting staff but, more importantly, to concentrate on retaining existing highly skilled clinicians who have kept the […]...

Surgeons back Circle Health’s safety-first tenet

Consultants with Circle Health Group have given a thumbs up to the roll out of ‘The Circle Philosophy’ across its combined network of over 53 independent hospitals. The company, which has invested £100m so far this year in new technology, regeneration, hospital expansion and theatres, says this underlines its commitment to its people and patients […]...