Public is ‘ready to spend on private care’

Most of the public are ready to spend their money on going to a private doctor if they think it necessary, according to a survey. As many as 54% of those taking part in the study, by private doctor specialist company Ellerton Marketing, would pay for private healthcare if the need arose....

NHS waits could reach 6.9m by end of the year

Nearly six million people in England may be on a hidden waiting list, having not come forward or been referred for treatment yet due to the significant disruption during the pandemic, NHS leaders fear. Analysis commissioned by the NHS Confederation suggests the true demand for elective care could be much larger when referrals for treatment, […]...

Get defence body help quickly

Doctors are being urged to seek support early on if they are aware of a potential complaint. All doctors are likely to face a complaint at some point in their career, but it is feared the pandemic may result in an influx of patient complaints resulting from issues such as delays in diagnosis, treatment and […]...

Revamp of medical regulators will resolve complaints quicker

Complaints against doctors will be resolved faster and more flexibly under Government proposals for a new legislative framework for medical regulators, according to the GMC. It said the plan, in a consultation paper, would reduce stress for doctors and patients and ensure the public is protected sooner.  GMC chief executive Charlie Massey […]...

Plans to streamline regulation welcomed

Doctors’ defence bodies have welcomed Government proposals to streamline the way healthcare professionals are regulated. Reacting to the publication today of the government consultation on Regulating professionals, protecting the public the MDU said it had been urging for the GMC to be given the power to be more agile and efficient. Dr Caroline Fryar, head of […]...

Government responds to Paterson Inquiry

SPECIAL REPORT: Government responds to Paterson Inquiry The Government’s long-awaited initial response today sets out a commitment to implementing a range of recommendations in the Paterson Report – including improving information for patients, patient consent and multidisciplinary working.  A statement to the House of Commons from patient safety minister Nadine Dorries follows the independent inquiry, […]...

Medical insurance surge underway

An upsurge of interest in buying private medical insurance is underway as employers explore healthcare options for their workforces.  Figures provided to Independent Practitioner Today from the Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (AMII) indicate a business bounce-back could be on the way for the independent sector a year on from the […]...

Public support BMA claim for 5% pay rise

Consultants with an NHS appointment deserve a 5% pay rise from April, according to their leading representative at the BMA. His comments came as more than 60% of the public told a survey they believed doctors should get a pay rise in recognition of the risks they have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly three-quarters of […]...

Apprenticeships for trainees get mixed reaction

Specialists have given a mixed reaction to plans for ‘apprentice doctors’ in England to qualify without the need for a traditional medical degree. Health Education England is working with employers, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the Medical Schools Council, the GMC and other stakeholders on developing the plan. Apprentices would still be expected […]...

Doctors alerted about 31 March pension tax deadlines

Doctors who are asking their NHS pension scheme to settle tax charges for 2018-19 are being advised they must apply for Scheme Pays before the 31 March 2021 deadline.  Financial advisers say individuals requesting the Government to pay large tax bills caused by the doctor breaching annual pension savings limits in the subsequent year – […]...

Private sector ready to take NHS strain

Mounting waiting lists in the NHS are set to see more capacity being taken up by the private hospital sector and many of the consultants working within it.  Responding to the publication of the latest NHS performance figures, the boss of the private hospitals’ trade body, announced: ‘With patients waiting ever longer for care, independent […]...

Good news on pensions

Doctors who were forced to move to the 2015 NHS Pension Scheme have been told they will not need to decide which set of compensation benefits they wish to receive until their time of retirement. Previously, they were told that they had to choose now.  Results of the so-called ‘McCloud’ consultation released […]...