38 more trusts get foundation chance

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Prime Minister Tony Blair has been urged to scale back his healthcare reforms, after announcing plans to more than double the size of the controversial foundation hospitals reform programme. Currently, 25 hospitals are being considered for foundation status, half…...

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BUPA £2m Edinburgh development

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 BUPA has opened a new operating theatre at its Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh as part of a £2m development. The theatre, which is the hospital’s third, will be used for operations across all specialities from minor general surgery through…...

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Secta boss takes over NHS franchise

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) August 2003 Anne Heast has been named as the first private sector chief executive of a NHS trust, at the Good Hope hospital in Sutton Coldfield. Heast, who has worked in previous NHS roles and is returning from New Zealand to…...

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First private NHS trust franchisee named

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield has signed a three-year franchise agreement with health service consultants Secta, making it the first NHS hospital to be run by a private management company. The NHS trust’s board hopes the £1.3m agreement…...

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Nuffield to offer Alzheimer’s test

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Nuffield Hospitals is offering a simple memory test which it is claims can help detect the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The £125 test, developed in conjunction with Cambridge Cognition, is taken with a nurse using a hand-held computer…...

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Lasercare buy signals expansion plans

Healthcare Market News (Company News) August 2003 Laser skin treatment chain Lasercare Clinics has acquired specialist laser hair removal rival Hairaway. The combined groups adds a further eight clinics to Lasercare’s existing 12 across the country. The acquisition comes following Boots’s decision to scale back…...

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Standard Life corporate affairs director

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) August 2003 Standard Life Healthcare has named Caroline Southwood as its first director of corporate affairs. Southwood, who has been with Standard Life for 15 years, was responsible for setting up the company’s public affairs department. In addition to that, her…...

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German healthcare reforms

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 The German government reached a landmark compromise with the opposition last month on a radical revamp of the country’s public healthcare system. The move has been fiercely criticized by social groups, employers and drug makers. The compromise agreed by…...

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