The term “private practice”, as defined by the Department of Health (DH) in its January 2004 publication A Code of Conduct for Private Practice: Recommended Standards of Practice for NHS Consultants, covers:

“(a) the diagnosis or treatment of patients by private arrangement (including such diagnosis or treatment under s.65(2) of the National Health Service Act 1977), excluding fee paying services as described in Schedule 10 of the Terms and Conditions.

(b) work in the general medical, dental or ophthalmic services under Part II of the National Health Service Act 1977 (except in respect of patients for whom a hospital medical officer is allowed a limited “list”, eg members of the hospital staff.

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