Bid to give doctors confidence in performance data accuracy

New pilot studies aim to help align NHS and private care data and give consultants more confidence in their accuracy. Specialists’ biggest area of concern about publication of comprehensive quality information so far has been the reliability of procedures attributed to them, particularly within the NHS activity data. A spokesman for the […]...

Pilot studies to align NHS and private healthcare data

NHS and private healthcare data organisations have put together three pilot studies in a bid to align doctors’ reporting data in the two different sectors. The three pilot studies are: 1. The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) will share a subset of its record-level admitted patient care (APC) data with NHS Digital and the private data […]...

Tax deadline and filing update

Specialist medical accountants are advising private consultants and GPs to be aware that the 31 January deadline, by which time every taxpayer must submit their self-assessment tax returns, has not been extended.  The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) met with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) requesting an extension to the deadline […]...

Private healthcare workers to get Covid jab

Covid-19 vaccination is a step closer for independent practitioners and staff following an edict from NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I). The letter to NHS chief executives, GP practices and primary care networks (PCNs) gives new guidance ‘on the immediate requirement to vaccinate front-line health and social care workers ensuring maximum uptake of […]...

Covid jab for private doctors welcomed

Independent practitioners and the private hospitals where they work have breathed a sigh of relief that doctors and staff will get equitable access to the Covid-19 vaccine. Speaking for the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO), its chairman Mr Richard Packard told Independent Practitioner Today: ‘FIPO welcomes the recognition of the role of […]...

Take a fiscal check-up

Independent practitioners who also work in the NHS are being urged to take a pensions and tax health check-up as they contemplate their future in 2021 and beyond. This time of year makes many doctors question their desire to keep working, according to specialist medical financial advisers. Patrick Convey, technical director at […]...

Surge predicted in private insurance

Hopes are high in the insurance industry for a 2021 surge in the number of potential patients covered for private medical treatment. Private health insurers and the independent professionals who advise corporate and individual buyers have been told by their trade organisation to gear up to sell....

Anxiety over shortfall in anaesthetists

Surgeons have expressed fears of a worrying shortage of consultant anaesthetists in private practice as the winter presses on. Their concerns were aired in front of Health Select Committee chairman Jeremy Hunt during a digital meeting of The London Consultants’ Association (LCA)....

Help for doctors facing hearings

A new ‘buddy’ support network launched by the MDU aims to help doctors trying to deal with the stress of a medico-legal investigation. Members will be supported by volunteers among their peers who have themselves been through a GMC investigation or a claim....

Operating machine is a century ‘stryker’ at Wimbledon Hospital

Surgeons have celebrated completing 100 operations using robot technology at Aspen’s Parkside Private Hospital, Wimbledon.  They have used a Stryker Mako robotic arm to help carry out joint replacement surgery, allowing patients to return to active life quicker than more traditional surgery.  First used at the hospital in 2019, it works by using CT scans […]...

Beauty ops experience ‘Zoom boom’ due to virus

Cosmetic surgeons are facing a ‘Zoom boom’ in business during 2021 – as a direct result of the pandemic. With millions of people only meeting via video conferences during Covid-19, many have had a prolonged daily update of their features on a screen – and are less impressed than they used to […]...

Beware surge in tax rebate scams

Beware of scammers! That’s the New Year message from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to all those doctor self-assessment taxpayers still completing their returns for the 31 January 2021 deadline. Fraudsters are using calls, emails or texts to contact customers. In the last year, tax officials resp­onded to over 846,000 referrals of […]...