Private practice committee overview

The PPC (private practice committee) represents all health professionals working in private and consulting practice. Find out more about our meetings, membership and priorities.

Location: UK
Audience: GPs SAS doctors Consultants Junior doctors
Updated: Tuesday 21 July 2020
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The PPC (private practice committee) considers and reports on matters of concern to those working in private general and consulting practice.

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.

 

Our priorities

  • Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) - to participate fully in consultations with regards to the CMA’s order.
  • Private medical insurers (PMIs) - to gather information including fee capping and restrictive fee practices imposed by PMIs.
  • 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.

 

Our people

Chair: Dr Tom Kane

Membership:

  • 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.

 

Our meetings

The committee three times a year to discuss latest issues affecting private medical practice. These meetings are open to committee members only.

Dates for the 2020-21 session:

  • Thursday 15 October 2020
  • Thursday 11 February 2021
  • Thursday 13 May 2021.

All our meetings take place at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9JP

For more information email [email protected].

 

Conference

This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

 

Elections

Elections via the ARM

All BMA members in the UK may stand for election to the Private practice committee via the ARM.

Elections to the vacant seats will open for nominations at 12 noon on Thursday 16 July 2020 and will close at 10am on Tuesday 15 September 2020.

The ballot will open to ARM delegates only at 12 noon on Tuesday 15 September 2020 and will close at 1pm on Friday 18 September 2020.

Results will be announced on our website on Friday 18 September 2020. Candidates will be emailed directly.

Direct elections

All private practice doctors who meet the criteria specified in the election guide may stand for election to this committee.

Elections opened for nominations at 12 noon on Monday 13 July 2020 and will close at 12 noon on Monday 10 August 2020.

The ballot will open to all private practice doctors at 12 noon on Tuesday 11 August 2020 and will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 25 August 2020.

Results will be announced on our website on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Take part in the election

 

Get in touch

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the work of the PPC, please email [email protected].