Prof Francis Vaz

Transparency under the CMA Order 2014


All private healthcare operators are required under the Competition and Markets Authority Order 2014 (“The CMA Order”) to be transparent about the relationship between their doctor and the private healthcare operator. Therefore, prospective patients should be aware that (in addition to being permitted to consult with and to treat patients at our facilities) this doctor also has an advisory role with HCA UK and is paid by HCA UK for this advisory role. We describe the nature of the role below, and we indicate how much the doctor has been paid for performing the role since 1 January 2021.


Prof Vaz provides medical advisory services to HCA's The Harley Street Clinic in head and neck services. He leads interactions with hospital medical staff and the hospital leadership team to assist the hospital by providing medical advice and promote high quality, cost effective care.


He contributes to the strategy, policies and decision making regarding head and neck treatment and advises HCA to ensure that care provided within the facility is appropriate and efficient. In his role, he advises on initiatives to drive clinical standards by providing professional advice on clinical governance matters and ensuring the adoption of those by colleagues in the head and neck area.


He assists in the monitoring and reporting of all treatment outcomes for the facility including a comprehensive audit of treatment outcomes.


He assists HCA in preparation and implementation of policies and procedures for the facility to ensure quality assurance and compliance with all relevant UK legislation and regulations.


He assists HCA in thinking about how to ensure patients are able to easily access the unit allowing more patients to access care.


Mr Vaz attends the North London Cancer network strategy meetings therefore giving great insight into the practice in the London area. He also assists the HCA CNS with the development of the Operational policies of the Head and Neck services due to his vast experience.


HCA UK is charged by doctors in return for their expertise and advice, including on how to operate safe hospital facilities delivering complex care. All services provided under this agreement are charged to HCA UK.


In 2022 (until 30 April) the total paid for these services has been £5,115. In 2021, the total amount paid for these services was £9,324.


If a doctor provides HCA UK with medical advisory services and also practises in the NHS, HCA UK requires that doctor to attest that he/she is not compromising his/her NHS commitments in so doing.


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