Evidence of ‘gaming’ under payment by results

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2005 Payment by results, the NHS’s new system of financial flows, has already run into problems and requires careful monitoring, researchers have warned. Research by Dr Foster published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) last month suggests a disproportionate increase…...

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Nestor reports losses but stabilises trade

Healthcare Market News (Company News) April 2005 Troubled healthcare staffing provider Nestor Healthcare Group plc has reported significant losses for the year ended 31 December 2004. These were well signalled to the market and caused no further reduction in the Nestor share price, which has…...

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New National Service Framework for long term conditions

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) April 2005 The Department of Health has pledged to deliver faster diagnosis and treatment for people with long-term conditions such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and Parkinson’s with the publication of its ten year National Service Framework (NSF) for Long Term…...

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Treatment centre contracts

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) April 2005 Frank Dobson asked (4 March 2005: Column 1470W) how many contracts the NHS has entered into with private diagnostic and treatment centres. John Hutton: A capacity planning exercise was undertaken to identify the capacity needed by the NHS to…...

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Heart clinic opens at Paddocks Hospital

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2005 A new cardiovascular clinic has opened at the BMI Paddocks Hospital in Buckinghamshire. The Chiltern Hills Heart Clinic has been designed to provide patients with a one-stop-shop for the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease including coronary…...

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Reed slides further

Healthcare Market News (Company News) April 2005 Reed Health Group Plc, the beleaguered staffing services provider, has reported a dismal set of interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2004. Despite the company’s widely forecast content, a drop in turnover and margins for…...

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Reed CEO and finance director depart

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) April 2005 Former Reed Health Group chief executive David Fennell has resigned as a director of the company following a handover to Trevor Goul-Wheeler. Former WH Smith director Goul-Wheeler was appointed new chief executive in December when Fennel announced his decision…...

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Diagnostic contracts

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) April 2005 Paul Burstow asked (8 March 2005: Column 1729W) what estimate has been made of excess unused capacity within the NHS for diagnostic services and whether primary care trusts (PCTs) will have the choice of whether to purchase services under…...

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New prostate treatment

Healthcare Market News (News) April 2005 A new treatment for prostate cancer using high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), has been launched by the London Prostate Centre, part of HCA-owned Princess Grace Hospital in central London. HIFU treatment is non-invasive and can be completed under an…...

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Corporate Services Group surprise

Healthcare Market News (Company News) April 2005 Announcing its annual results for the year ended 31 December 2004, Corporate Services Group Plc (CSG) has unexpectedly reported a 5.5% increase in UK Healthcare staffing turnover. Unfortunately, this was not accompanied by details of margins achieved by…...

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