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Nov 13,2020
Healthcare Professionals – be careful what you indemnify With the increase in collaborative working and working at scale it is becoming common for the owners of a primary care practice to be asked to provide indemnities, say in a sale or purchase contract or in a merger agreement. But what does giving an indemnity actually mean, and what are the risks to you? What is an indemnity? An indemnity contract arises when one person takes on the obligation to pay for any loss or damage that has been,...
Feb 26,2018
Every now and then, a practice might be fortunate enough to be remembered in a patient’s Will or to receive gifts from grateful patients. Research has shown that the proffering of small gifts is relatively common place. Whilst it is obviously nice to be recognised for one’s good work, it does give rise to a number of professional and legal issues. Professional issues Good Medical Practice Guidance states that “You must not encourage patients to give, lend or bequeath money or gifts that will...
Dec 17,2017
Despite increasing pressure being placed on frontline care teams, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed that GP practices are providing a consistently good quality of care, with 93% rated good or outstanding. Practices are also significantly more likely to maintain their rating upon reinspection than other NHS providers. But what if an inspection takes place and you disagree with its findings? What are your options for challenging the ratings given? CQC inspections All GP practices are...
Oct 23,2017
There has been much discussion in recent years about the rise of private GP practices within primary care and it is a subject we are increasingly being asked about by our clients. Setting up a private GP practice is a complex area and for anyone thinking of taking such a step, there are many issues that need consideration. The priority must always be to ensure compliance with the many regulatory barriers. Here, we share the first of a series of blogs on this topic. What are the rules? The NHS...
Jun 02,2017
Most GP practices will be aware of the recent changes to the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE), which came into force on 1 April 2017. Since the revised SFE provides for both new income streams and changes to existing potential income streams, decisions need to be made as to how this additional income is to be allocated. These rules, once agreed, then need to be correctly documented. We’ve highlighted below some of the key changes and what you need to consider from a legal perspective:...
Apr 20,2017
From funding cuts, to an aging population and the increasing demands being placed on primary care services, GP practices face ever increasing pressure. Balancing growing patient numbers with resource constraints can prove a challenge and may lead some practices to consider restricting the growth of their patient list. Can such a move ever be justified and what could the potential implications be? The regulations Current regulations specify that a GP practice must provide: Essential services to...