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Get patients’ feedback . . .

. . . too many won’t tell you By Robin Stride The assessment of patient satisfaction with their private doctors, hospitals and clinics needs a re-think following new Care Quality Commission (CQC) research showing a widespread reluctance of people to complain. Its study of NHS and private patients found nearly 7m people in England who […]

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Doctors quit NHS for private practice

Private practice is the aim of increasing numbers of senior doctors, who say they plan to leave the NHS early. Research by the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) found over a quarter (27.85%) of 833 respondents had made definite plans to leave the NHS, with destinations including retirement (30.26%), private practice (34.65%) and locum […]

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Battle for your defence

In defence of discretionary

The battle for your defence Defence bodies have hit back against Government plans advocating the merits of insurance rather than discretionary cover that they offer MPS chief executive Simon Kayll ‘The Government admits in their consultation document that they are only aware of a limited number of cases where current arrangements have caused problems for […]

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Private opportunities from new GP contract

By Douglas Shepherd Private providers are ready for any new business arising from a revised NHS GPs’ contract in England. That is the message from the sector’s trade body the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN). The new five-year contract for GPs will see the development of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and these have been welcomed […]

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Salary consultant group expands

By Robin Stride The new ‘salaried consultant’ private hospital hit the ground running at its official opening last month, following up with three more launches. Schoen announced two more outlets offering consultants its preferred salaried employment and set up a ski injury service at its main London clinic. Now the company will shortly open a […]

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Boom for eye surgeons

By Robin Stride The best ‘young’ eye surgeons in private practice can expect a rising tide of patients for many years to come due to severe shortages in the specialty and the growing number of the elderly.  A Royal College of Ophthal­m­ologists (RCOphth) census warns of recruitment and workforce planning gaps amid a predicted 40% […]

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Harsh pension tax rules hit go-it-alone doctors

By Edie Bourne Independent practitioners who fail to seek expert help are falling foul of harsh pension savings limits because the essential calculations are too confusing, according to specialist financial planners. They warned this month that complex calculations are forcing some doctors to pay tens of thousands of pounds in tax charges. The annual restriction […]

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Birmingham service eases overseas patients’ stress

Consultants’ patients from overseas are being helped on their travels to Edgbaston Medical Quarter, Birmingham, by medical concierge companies Lexihealth and Medical VIP International. Launched at Arab Health 2019, the service aims to ease patients’ stress by helping them choose the right consultant, arrange travel logistics and accommodation for family or companions, rehabilitation and repatriation.  […]

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New robotic centre

The London Clinic on Harley Street has announced it is the first UK private hospital to launch a specialist robotic surgery centre. It supports cross-specialty surgery including urology, orthopaedics, hepatobiliary, colorectal, ENT and gynaecology with supporting services such as on-site pathology laboratories, 3T MRI, CT scanners and pain control.  Chief executive Al Russell said the […]

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Milestone for IT company

By Robin Stride Private practice management system MidexPRO is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the launch of some new features for independent practitioners. Managing director Gary Parker said these included Xero – ahead of HM Revenue and Customs’ Making Tax Digital requirements – a new way for multiple practices to communicate with each other and […]

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