‘Two-tier workforce’ abolition extended to NHS

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 Union leaders have won an extension of the ban on the ‘two-tier workforce’ to all public services, including hospitals. The government pledged to end the ‘two-tier workforce’, which meant employees working for private sector contractors received worse pay and…...

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Public sector needs to be more open about PFI deals

Healthcare Market News (Public Private Partnerships) July 2004 The Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) and leading private finance initiative (PFI) contractors have called for greater public openness about PFI deals. According to recent ippr research, government secrecy surrounding individual PFI deals is damaging public…...

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New private hospital for Scarborough

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 Plans for a new private hospital to be built in Scarborough have been provisionally approved by local authorities, after being rejected earlier this year over claims that they would have a damaging effect on the local landscape. The 26-bed…...

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Capio King Edward plans get green light

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 Plans by a consortium of property and construction companies led by Capio Healthcare UK to save the King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst have been approved by local authorities. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has decided not…...

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Capio King Edward decision imminent

Healthcare Market News (News) November 2003 A decision on a rescue package, proposed by a consortium of property and construction companies and led by Capio Healthcare UK, to save the King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, is due to be made by local authorities. The…...

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Question marks over PFI hospitals’ value for money

Healthcare Market News (News) June 2003 The first hospitals to be built under the private finance initiative (PFI) have proved far too costly, Stephen Byers MP has claimed. In his first public appearance since resigning from the Cabinet last May, the former transport secretary told…...

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Milburn announces cuts in waiting times

Healthcare Market News (News) May 2002 The private sector has contributed to a reduction in NHS waiting times over the past year according to Secretary of State for Health, Alan Milburn. Speaking at the launch of the Chief Executive’s report to the NHS last month,…...

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Private Hospitals

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) December 2001 The Secretary of State for Health was asked (16 Nov 2001: Column: 943W) in each of the last five years, what has been the cost of publicly-funded treatments for patients in UK private hospitals and overseas hospitals; how many…...

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Rapid growth in flexible staffing services

Healthcare Market News (News) May 2001 The UK flexible health and care staffing services market, covering nurses agencies, other healthcare staff agencies, doctor deputising, and domiciliary care agencies, was worth some £2.4 billion in 1999/2000, according to a new market report from Laing & Buisson…....

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