Pricing anomalies attacked

Massive differences between the prices charged in private hospitals for the same operations are causing confusion and concern to would- be self-pay patients, the conference heard. According to LaingBuisson’s self-pay pricing analysis, using the example of total hip replacement, the cheapest was £9,025 at three NHS treatment centres. But patients could pay over £6,000 more […]...

Complaints on the rise

Complaints about consultants have become the top area of dissatisfaction from patients receiving private practice treat­ment during Covid-19. These accounted for 18% of the heads of complaint received by the Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Service (ISCAS) in the year to the end of March 2021....

Trusts purchase private hospitals

PPU Watch Compiled by Philip Housden In separate deals, two NHS trusts have expanded their private patient businesses with acquisitions from the independent hospital sector.  The Royal United Hospitals Bath Foundation Trust has bought Circle Bath as part of a deal with the competition regulator relating to Circle’s takeover of BMI Healthcare, as both firms […]...

Get tough on fake doctors, says MDU

Tougher sentences are being urged for fake doctors in a bid to protect the public in the wake of the pandemic.  The Medical Defence Union (MDU) made the call because it is concerned by recent cases of members of the public posing as doctors and exploiting vulnerable patients with fake vaccines […]...

Surgeon taught in robotics entirely by private sector

A surgeon has been trained in robotic surgery entirely in the independent sector for the first time. Consultant gynaecologist Mr Denis Tsepov, who specialises in complex cases, was trained at HCA’s The Princess Grace Hospital....

HCA establishes first paediatric spinal surgery unit

Four spinal surgeons – Mr Jonathan Lucas, Mr Mark Harris, Mr Stewart Tucker and Mr Thomas Ember – are leading the UK’s first and only dedicated paediatric and young adult private scoliosis and spinal surgery unit. ...

Pension policy causing rush to retire early, says union

The Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) has hit out at the Treasury for a ‘misguided, dogmatic attitude’ to NHS pension reform and warned that this must change. Responding to strong criticism of Treasury reforms by Parlia­ment’s Public Accounts Commit­tee (PAC) in a new report, the union’s pensions lead Dr Sarah Tennant called it is […]...

Bupa hospital boasts ‘top radiotherapy unit in Europe’

Arrival of the MRIdian MR linac at GenesisCare’s Centre for Radio­therapy at Cromwell Hospital, London, makes it ‘the most advanced radiotherapy centre in Europe’, according to the provider’s clinical lead. Dr John Conibear said the new technology meant patients could receive the best care possible with fewer hospital visits....

New gynae clinic at King Edward VII unit

Independent charitable hospital King Edward VII’s has launched a Gynaecological Diagnostic Centre offering screening, diagnostic and interventional services to women. Prof Davor Jurkovic, who leads the consultant team, said the aim was to provide a user-friendly service offering immediate diagnosis and an individualised management plan in a single visit without the need for additional blood […]...

Insurer gives back £125m to customers

Leading medical insurer Bupa has paid back millions of pounds to its customers in rebate payments, sparked by the pandemic....

Remote consultation to ‘be part of future’

New technology could enable a large proportion of medical consultations and monitoring online. William Laing, executive chairman of LaingBuisson, said it was possible now to complete ’30-40% of medical consultations online, without time-consuming follow-on, but remote monitoring and patient-held devices could see this rise to’ maybe 70%....

Research shows self-pay confidence

Research by market analysts LaingBuisson suggests there is optimism and confidence about the future of self-pay, although there are barriers to growth.  These include reports of growing waits for initial private consultations and treatment, plus consumers not being signposted into private healthcare choices and options, according to self-pay consultant for the company, Liz Heath....