Many of our members work in private practice in combination with their NHS commitments. Many of the issues they face in private practice are similar to those experienced in the NHS. We work closely with:
The British Medical Association (BMA):
The BMA provide extensive guidance on independent practice which can be found on their website: http://www.bma.org.uk/employmentandcontracts/independent_medical_practice/index.jsp
The Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO):
FIPO is a medical organisation representing the majority of the medical professional organisations in Britain that have private practice committees: http://www.fipo.org/
FIPO was formed in 2000 to provide an overarching body for the many specialist and other medical committees acting on behalf of the profession in the independent sector. It provides guidance, policies and co-ordination to these medical organisations.
FIPO seeks to work constructively with all independent hospital providers and the private medical insurance industry and hopefully together to advance the cause of independent healthcare.
FIPO also acts to preserve and promote the highest standards of clinical care, reflecting FIPO's concern to put the patient first.
Private Medical Insurers: Important message from the President, Executive Group and Council of the BOA
Many BOA members in Private Practice are concerned about developments in the private healthcare market place and the actions of some private medical insurers. We have addressed those concerns in a letter to all Home Fellows – please see: PMI letter 2 August 2012.pdf
We have also produced a shorter position statement – please see: PMI BOA Position Statement.pdf
In addition, we responded to the Competition Commission’s recent consultation on its forthcoming Private Healthcare Market Investigation – please see: www.competition-commission.org.uk