The PPC considers and reports on matters of direct concern to the profession in the field of private general and consulting practice, whether whole or part time, and such other matters as may be referred to it by council from time to time. The committee engages with key stakeholders in private healthcare to represent the views of the profession. This includes private medical insurers, private hospitals providers, royal colleges and specialty associations.
- Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) - to participate fully in consultations with regards to the CMA’s order.
- Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) – to continue to engage with PHIN on the implementation of the CMA’s ‘Information remedy’ to ensure that doctors’ views are effectively represented.
- Private Medical Insurers (PMIs) – to gather information including fee capping and restrictive fee practices imposed by PMIs.
- Private Practice Conference – to hold a successful conference aimed at junior doctors, staff and associate specialists, GPs and consultants wanting to set up in private practice.
- Private Practice Survey – to survey consultants to determine the impact the rules set by the CMA Order are having on them.
Who we are
The PPC chair is Mr Derek Machin.
Derek works as a consultant urological surgeon at University Hospital Aintree. He led the negotiations on the framework of the new consultant contract.
- The Chief Officers of the BMA (ex-officio, without voting rights)
- Two elected by the Consultants Committee
- One by the Junior Doctors Committee
- One by the General Practitioners Committee
- One by the Professional Fees Committee
- One by the Staff, Associate Specialists and Specialty Doctors Committee.
- One representative of hospital dental practice, nominated and funded by the Central Committee for Hospital Dental Services
- One member by the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges
- Four BMA members who are engaged in consultant or specialist clinical practice under the National Health Service Act 2006 (and/or the equivalent legislation in the devolved nations) and who are also engaged in active private consultant or specialist clinical practice.
- Two BMA members who do not provide and/or perform primary medical services under the National Health Service Act 2006 (and/or the equivalent legislation in the devolved nations) and who earn 75% or more of their income from private general medical practice and are engaged in private general medical practice to the extent of at least 20 hours per week.
- Two BMA members who are engaged in active consultant or specialist clinical practice to the extent of at least 20 hours per week, treat patients who are receiving privately funded healthcare ( via a private medical insurer/self-pay or both), have no contract of employment, earn 75% or more of their professional income from private consultant or specialist clinical practice.
Meeting dates for the 2017-18 session are:
- Thursday 2 November 2017 at 2pm
- Thursday 8 February 2018 at 2pm
- Thursday 24 May 2018 at 2pm
The next Private Practice conference has been set for Thursday 11 April 2018 at 2pm.
The 2017 Private Practice conference took place on 5 April 2017 at BMA House.
Read the 2017 conference report (member sign in required)