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

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Pulse: PCNs ‘reluctant’ to recruit additional staff due to funding and VAT

August 23, 2019

Reports of concerns among clinical directors of primary care networks about the VAT implications of employing additional staff are the subject of a recent article published on the Pulse website, including a comment from AISMA accountant Lizzy Lloyd. Click here to read the full article.

Practice Index: Taking respite in the payroll comfort zone?

August 19, 2019

AISMA accountant Michael Ogilvie writes the latest in a series of articles for Practice Index. Find out why practice managers trying to save the surgery money by managing the payroll or book keeping themselves can end up costing the practice more. Visit the Practice Index website to read the full article.

 

GPonline.com: AISMA comments on proposed pension flexibilities

August 8, 2019

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

August 7, 2019

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 a review of pension tax rules since it was clear from the outset that the 2016 changes would discourage senior doctors from working extra shifts in what was an already stretched health service.”

Read the DHSC announcement

GPonline.com – tips on avoiding fraud

July 22, 2019

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

July 11, 2019

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

July 2, 2019

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

July 1, 2019

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, including comments from AISMA board member Andrew Pow. 

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