Doctors’ pensions are big news at the moment. Wherever you look, there is someone telling you that you are not saving enough, or saving too much, or doing something wrong. With many healthcare practitioners paying into both an NHS pension and a private pension, the situation is even more complicated.
Get two or more medical consultants in a room, and chances are that the conversation will soon turn to what is becoming known as ‘the NHS pensions crisis’.
It is rare for medical decisions made by doctors to be tried in a criminal court but in November 2013 a jury at the Old Bailey found David Sellu, an experienced consultant specialising in gastrointestinal and colorectal surgery with a previously 40 year impeccable record of care, guilty of gross negligence and convicted him for manslaughter. Sellu’s name has since been cleared following a period of imprisonment, leading to debate amongst health professionals as to whether or not medical errors amount to criminal acts, and whether some of us are more likely to be convicted in a criminal court than others.
When you are setting up as an independent healthcare practitioner, there is a lot to consider. Issues about how to find patients, where to find your medical equipment and whether to hire a secretary may loom large on your agenda. But you also need to give some thought to financing your fledgeling business too.
Art and medicine may not seem like the most obvious bedfellows. But stay with us and you will understand how original art and private healthcare can work together.
Your patients are likely to be more relaxed in a rather clinical environment with posters advertising cosmetic procedures, or in a more comfortable room with bright and interesting pictures on the walls? It doesn’t take a lot of thought to work out that people will be more comfortable in a more homely environment.
What do you buy for the doctor in your life? Whether it’s your GP, spouse, friend or relative, buying a present for a doctor can be a lovely way to express thanks and appreciation. Whichever path you choose to go down, be it a book, a mug, or a personalised stethoscope, we hope you can take inspiration from some of our carefully-chosen examples.
Money—or more specifically, lack of it—can be a big problem for small business owners. When you start working as an independent healthcare practitioner, you may tell yourself that you didn’t enter healthcare to send out invoices. But unless you do, your patients are not going to pay you. And if they don’t pay you, how are you going to pay your bills?