Guidelines published on prevention of wrong site surgery

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2005 A new guide designed to reduce the risk of wrong site surgery in NHS and private hospitals has been published by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and The Royal College of Surgeons of England. The aim is for…...

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Preferred bidder announced for Pathway project

Healthcare Market News (Public Private Partnerships) April 2005 Serco Group plc’s joint venture with Equion Ltd, the accommodation division of John Laing plc, has been named as preferred bidder for the Pathway project. Commissioned by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the project involves…...

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Cinven blasts back into mental healthcare scene

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) April 2005 European private equity investor Cinven has re-entered the healthcare sector by buying back Partnerships in Care (PiC), the psychiatric division of General Healthcare Group (GHG) it sold to BC Partners four and a half years ago. In a…...

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Practice based commissioning linked to choose and book

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2005 GPs wishing to take part in practice based commissioning will be required to use the new electronic choose and book system, the Department of Health (DH) has revealed. The long-awaited technical guidance on practice based commissioning, published at the…...

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Private hospitals to come under new hygiene code

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2005 Independent sector hospitals could have to meet statutory requirements on hygiene in a bid to tackle MRSA under proposals announced by the Department of Health last month. Revealing the latest results of the MRSA surveillance system, Health Secretary John…...

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Nuffield acquires Sona Positive Health

Healthcare Market News (Company News) April 2005 Nuffield Hospitals has strengthened its position in the health and wellbeing market with the acquisition of corporate wellbeing company Sona Group Ltd for an undisclosed sum. It is understood that the company was approached by Nuffield at the…...

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Priory acquires rehabilitation units

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) April 2005 The Priory Group has acquired Aspen House and Beech House from Brookdale Healthcare Limited for an undisclosed sum. Representing the group’s largest acquisition to date, the move strengthens its existing position in the rehabilitation and step-down sector, as…...

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Labour could procure more than 15% of elective surgery from private providers

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2005 The NHS could procure more than 15% of its elective surgery activity from independent providers if Labour is returned to office after the General Election this spring. Launching the party’s mini health manifesto along with Health Secretary John Reid…...

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BUPA surges ahead

Healthcare Market News (Company News) April 2005 BUPA has announced record results for the year ended 31 December 2004. The record surplus, reported by chief executive Val Gooding, amounted to £182m before tax. This compares to £134m last year and shows that BUPA has increased…...

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