Against a backdrop of a growing and ageing population, combined with financial pressures which constrain the levels of medical resources, our NHS is under unprecedented levels of strain.
Over the past year, there has been much unrest in our primary care sector – we have seen wrangles over the proposed introduction of the seven-day NHS, the junior doctors’ objection to their new contracts and resultant strikes, and the outrage over backdated financial demands for GP premises.
Our NHS is a resource we are lucky to have, with world-class healthcare resources available to us all which are universal, comprehensive and free at the point of delivery.
In the North East, we are fortunate to have such world-leading facilities right on our doorstep.
Like any organisation operating in a fast-changing world, the NHS is innovating to ensure it continues to provide the best service it can – and with sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) being developed in areas across the country to help plan for the future of local healthcare, change is taking effect.
And in changing times, the need is greater than ever before to consult with specialist advisors who truly understand the complexities of the NHS.
Newcastle-based law firm Sintons is known nationwide for its capability and in-depth understanding of the constantly changing healthcare sector, its structure, governance and unique requirements.
It acts for a number of NHS Trusts across the North East and further afield, including some of the largest and highest-rated Trusts in England. In addition, Sinton’s client base also includes GPs and dentists, regionally and nationally, and it claims it acts for more North East NHS professionals than any other regional law firm.
Sintons knowledge of the NHS is unrivalled and the whole healthcare team – led by partners Amanda Maskery and Victoria Armstrong, supported by consultants Hilary Parker and Barry Speker – invest the time to build relationships with clients to really get to grips with their individual issues, as well as the wider challenges of working in the complex healthcare sector.
The two main publications which assess capability in the legal sector, The Legal 500 and Chambers, both hail Sintons’ specialist healthcare team as being of the highest quality on both a regional and national basis.
Legal 500 praises the Sintons’ healthcare team’s “outstanding service levels, excellent industry expertise and client-centric approach” while the Chambers singles out its “excellent level of healthcare expertise”.
Sintons’ healthcare team also has specialist advisors to handle matters relating to pharmacies, the care sector and life science businesses, which enables them to work not just in primary care, but equally across the whole healthcare spectrum.
The team is also uniquely placed to advise on medico-legal issues, such as ethics and patient consent, and is equally nationally recognised for its work in that area.
Led by Barry Speker OBE DL, a highly respected specialist in this field, Sintons can advise clients on matters far beyond the more ‘traditional’ commercial and legal issues.
In changing times for the NHS and healthcare sector, it is essential to have the right people in your corner.
Sintons healthcare team prides itself on truly understanding the issues you face and can help guide you through the challenges ahead.