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NHS trust stands by doctors who set up clinic for private work

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4157 (Published 26 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4157

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  1. Ingrid Torjesen
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Two consultants who started a private clinic that then took on overflow work from the NHS trust that employed them did not do anything wrong, the trust has said.

Steve Pandey, clinical director of colorectal surgery, and Stephen Lake, clinical director of endoscopy, from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, registered the private Worcestershire Bowel Clinic in January 2012. The two consultants are directors of the clinic, which is based at the private Spire South Bank Hospital in Worcester and opened in October 2013. The clinic was subsequently contracted by the trust to treat NHS patients with bowel cancer through waiting list initiatives, to help the trust hit its waiting time targets.

However, last week the two doctors found themselves at the centre of an exposé by the Birmingham …

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