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Is it theoretically possible for a consultant to work exclusively in private practice?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 06 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:s186
  1. Peter Mills, consultant cardiologist
  1. London Chest Hospital


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A doctor who works full time in private practice cannot simultaneously hold an appointment as an NHS consultant. An “honorary” appointment may be negotiated. In specialty, as opposed to general, practice full time private doctors have usually held an NHS consultant post previously, thus establishing their competence with both patients and insurers.

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