AISMA In the News

AISMA members regularly write in the specialist GP and practice management publications, offering expert advice to doctors on the key issues of the day.

GPonline.com: AISMA comments on proposed pension flexibilities

AISMA accountant Andrew Pow tells GPonline.com that the government’s plans to allow doctors greater flexibility around contributions to their pension will not solve the problem of GPs reducing their working hours to avoid punitive taxes. Read the article in full on the GPonline.com website.

New consultation: Pensions flexibility for senior doctors

Responding to today’s announcement from the DHSC, Andrew Pow, a board member of the Association of Independent Specialist Medical Accountants, and partner at Mazars UK, said: “We welcome the government’s acknowledgement that the 50:50 proposal will not prevent senior doctors from being severely impacted by the tapered pension tax allowance. “AISMA has long-argued for aContinue reading

GPonline.com – tips on avoiding fraud

Two cases of insider fraud, which had a severe impact on the practice in question, have been reported recently. AISMA members put their heads together to provide a list of simple tips, published by GPonline.com, that GP partners can use to help avoid fraud in their practices. Read the full article.  

GPonline.com: more on the NHS pension crisis

AISMA board member Andrew Pow comments in this article published by GPonline.com, warning that the NSH faces winter chaos as the pension tax crisis continues. Reduced working hours and early retirement to avoid tax charges means the NHS will struggle to cope. Read the article in full.  

Pulse: What PCNs need to know about VAT

AISMA accountants Lizzy Lloyd and Rob Skilton, writing in Pulse, explain VAT implications for Primary Care Networks. Covering the supply of services to PCN members, and the implications of sharing a workforce, the article touches on many of the considerations practices need to consider as they start working collaboratively. Click here to read the full article.

Pension discrimination test cases

Last week the Supreme Court rejected a government appeal against a High Court ruling which found 2015 pension reforms discriminated on the grounds of age, race and equal pay. Today, GPonline.com reports that GPs have begun age discrimination claims against the government in a series of test claims backed by the BMA. Read the article in full,Continue reading

What to look out for before signing a PCN agreement

Writing for the Practice Index blog, AISMA Chairman Bob Senior offers guidance on what practices should look out for before signing up to a primary care network. Visit the Practice Index website to read five things GP partners and their practice managers need to bear in mind. https://practiceindex.co.uk/gp/blog/what-to-look-out-for-before-signing-a-pcn-agreement/

State-backed indemnity ‘won’t bring major GP pay rise’ in 2019/20

GPonline.com reports today on the new state-backed indemnity scheme. “Significant savings under state-backed indemnity ‘will not deliver massive pay rises’ to GPs as £60m is stripped from core pay, and staff and inflationary costs eat into savings, accountants have warned.” Click on the link to read comments from AISMA Executive Board member Andrew Pow.