Scepticism over ‘best NHS winter’ claim

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 The spectre of patients waiting on trolleys in NHS hospital corridors is unlikely to return, the Department of Health’s emergency care tsar Sir George Alberti has claimed. Sir George made the assertion as he reported that the NHS had…...

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Overseas sales boost BUPA

Healthcare Market News (Company News) April 2004 BUPA has said that it has achieved record sales of £3.37bn, helped by its overseas expansion. The company claimed its overseas operations – including its recently-acquired Australian arm – now accounted for 32% of the group’s operating profits…....

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King’s Fund chairman

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) April 2004 Sir Cyril Chantler has been named as the new chairman of the King’s Fund. Sir Cyril, whose background is in paediatric medicine, is currently chairman of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. He has also been a…...

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Portland caesarean death doctor cleared

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 An anaesthetist working at a HCA Healthcare hospital in central London has been cleared of failing to administer life support to a woman who died after giving birth by caesarean section. Dr Kenneth MacLeod, of Ealing, west London, was…...

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Health resource groups

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) April 2004 Paul Burstow asked the Secretary of State for Health (10 March 2004: Column 1601W) what assessment his department has made of the robustness of the health resource group (HRG) for specialist services, in advance of the implementation of these…...

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Capio signs £200m credit facility

Healthcare Market News (Company News) April 2004 Capio AB has signed a £200m revolving credit facility with a syndicate of six banks. The credit facility is for a five-year term and is intended to cover Capio’s general financing requirements. It carries a margin of 0.5%…...

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NHS boss joins private company board

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) April 2004 Mark Britnell, chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, has become a non-executive director of healthcare information provider Dr Foster. It is thought that the appointment is the first time that the chief executive of an NHS Trust…...

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£20m obesity hospital in chaos

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 There is mounting confusion over the future of Dolan Park Hospital, the specialist obesity hospital which was hoping to perform radical forms of new surgery on thousands of private patients, following the surprise departure of its medical director last…...

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