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Faster, cheaper way to deal with negligence

By Robin Stride Plans to give patients and their doctors a faster, cheaper and less stressful experience in alleged medical negligence cases have been revealed to Independent Practitioner Today. Under the blueprint – being actively backed by some leading medical expert witnesses – both sides would have to agree to early and independent mediation. Independent […]

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Bright and beautiful

Independent Practitioner Today has been behind the doors of a new private hospital. The Schoen Clinic London is about to have its official opening after beginning to admit patients in the summer. The Wigmore Street spinal and orthopaedic hospital, in the Harley Street medical area, is run by a family-run hospital group in Germany and […]

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Getting it all to add up

The questions independent practitioners are asking their accountants – answered! If there is something about your business accounting you are unsure of, never be afraid to ask your accountant. Susan Hutter answers some of the most frequent questions she has recently been receiving from private doctors. Q I trade through a company and I have […]

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How our NHS came to be

NHS at 70 Private doctors were unhappy 70 years ago as the NHS took shape. Independent Practitioner Today traces the history of the health service in the first of a new series adapted from a new book by Dr Ellen Welch. Hospitals 70 years ago were in a poor condition following war-time bombing. Most had […]

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We can all join up

Independent practitioners have plenty to gain from The Private Practice Register, explains Fiona Booth. Private providers make a vital contribution to healthcare provision in the UK, delivering high-quality care for thousands of patients and helping to alleviate pressure on the overstretched NHS. But if everyone in the independent sector is to grow and thrive, we […]

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Do doctors trust their regulators?

Possible legal and regulatory developments following the ‘Bawa-Garba’ case are examined by Gregory Smith. Most Independent Practitioner Today readers will be familiar with the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, the junior doctor who recently successfully appealed a decision by the GMC to strike her off the Medical Register following an earlier conviction for gross negligence […]

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Investment in PPU could pay for itself

Independent Practitioner Today’s series reviewing the NHS private patient unit (PPU) sector shifts its gaze to the West Midlands. Philip Housden analyses private patient revenue growth for 15 NHS acute trusts across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the cities of the West Midlands conurbation. For this group of trusts, the accounts show that total […]

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Intimate exam

‘Business Dilemmas’ A patient refuses to have a chaperone present for a breast examination – so what do you do? Dr Sally Old investigates         Dilemma 1 If she turns down a chaperone? Q I am a male consultant who recently met a new patient for the first time. During the consultation, […]

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Beware of gifts

The apparently simple act of a patient giving a gift to a doctor to thank them for their care can have unexpected repercussions for the doctor-patient relationship. Dr Gabrielle Pendlebury explores the ethical arguments and looks at how a busy practitioner can negotiate this act without causing embarrassment or prompting a loss of trust. Gifts […]

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Bang up to date

‘Doctor on the Road': Nissan Micra The Micra is a small car with a big car feel and with a new lease of life it is one of the most improved cars around, finds our motoring corres­pondent Dr Tony Rimmer. When things are going well at your private medical practice, time can pass with an […]

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Merits of sharing both NHS and private data

Opinion. Mirroring data across NHS and private practice by the Private Healthcare Inform­ation Network is hugely significant for consultants. Mr Ken Anson argues this is the future, so specialists must engage with it When I first saw my NHS data alongside my private practice data, I almost fell off my chair – I was stunned. […]

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