£4.5m to improve Scottish NHS practices

Healthcare Market News (Dentistry) April 2004 The Scottish Executive has announced an investment of £4.5m to support NHS dentistry. Dentists will receive £3m for improvements such as making practices more accessible to disabled people or to purchase new equipment. In addition, the general dental practice…...

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Colchester bidders shortlisted

Healthcare Market News (Public Private Partnerships) April 2004 Three companies have been shortlisted from a total of 18 who expressed an interest in working on a £127m PFI hospital project for Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS trust. The project involves the redevelopment of Colchester General Hospital,…...

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Welsh £4m bill for eating disorders

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) April 2004 Welsh Assembly Health Minister Jane Hutt has revealed that up to £4m a year is being spent on sending Welsh patients with serious eating disorders to specialist centres in England. Around 50 Welsh patients each year are so…...

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Out of hours service

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) April 2004 Ann McIntosh asked the Secretary of State for Health (4 March 2004: Column 1116W) whether the top-up sum available to primary care trusts (PCTs) to pay individual GPs for out of hours (OOH) services will reach at least the…...

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Doctors frozen out as treatment centre plans begin to bite

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 British doctors have accused the government of restricting their freedom to earn a fair living, following news that a further two contracts to run new independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) have been finalised. Worried by the continued inroads that…...

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NHS trust chairman quits over agency nurse comment

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2004 A NHS trust chairman has been forced to resign after he told a grieving relative that agency nurses ‘killed more people than they saved’. Barrie Blower, head of Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust, was secretly recorded making the comments while…...

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Audit Office to probe Norfolk deal

Healthcare Market News (Public Private Partnerships) April 2004 The National Audit Office is to investigate concerns about the controversial refinancing deal for Norfolk’s flagship hospital. The news comes following a rescheduling last December which saw the consortium of private investors rebuilding the Norfolk and Norwich…...

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Avon & Wiltshire mental health project

Healthcare Market News (Public Private Partnerships) April 2004 Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has reached financial close on the largest mental health PFI project in the UK to date. Ryhurst First Priorities Ltd (a consortium of Ryhurst Limited, Rydon Construction, Gleeds Project…...

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Capital projects

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) April 2004 Peter Luff asked the Secretary of State for Health (5 March 2004: Column 1159W) (1) for what reasons he imposed a retrospective cut-off date for approvals for local capital projects proposed by primary care trusts (PCTs); (2) how many…...

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