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NHS Plans to Make Senior Doctors Reveal Private Work Earnings

National Health Service (NHS) England has set a new plan for senior doctors. Under the new plan, senior doctors will be asked to reveal the amount of money they earn form private work. This plan is set to improve transparency and avoid potential conflicts of interest.

Chairman of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant said that the extent of private work carried out had been “under the radar” for too long and NHS is looking into something that is quite touchy subject. It is not an attempt to restrict private work by consultants.

According to the new plan of NHS, Doctors would be required to declare their private practice earnings and state whether they earn less than £100 000 or more than £100 000 from private sources. Every hospital will have to publish the details of doctors private earning in a hospital register from April 2017.

NHS England believed that about half of England's 46,000 NHS consultants do private work, on average earnings of £112,000 a year. General surgeons, Orthopaedic surgeons, ophthalmologists, urologists and cardiologists are thought to make the most in private work.

A major consultation will be launched by NHS England on its proposals to reinforce the management of NHS conflicts of interest and to clamp down on wrong behaviour.

A recent analysis of NHS has raised anxieties that some senior doctors may be handling too much work to junior doctors and spending a lot of time on their private work.

Chair of the London Consultants’ Association, Neil Tolley warned that senior doctors would fight the plan and the new plan would be very unpopular. He said that private work is doctors own business and there is nothing to do with the NHS.

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