Massive NHS dentistry fraud

Healthcare Market News (Dentistry) August 2003 NHS fraud investigators have uncovered evidence that thousands of ‘gold’ fillings and crowns being used by dentists contain as little as 2% of the precious metal. The investigators have already identified 16 dentists in the London area who are…...

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Private sector ‘exploits’ overseas nurses

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Overseas nurses recruited to work in the UK often face discrimination and exploitation – especially in the independent sector, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has claimed. Both NHS trusts and private healthcare companies have become increasingly dependent on…...

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General Healthcare sees strong EBITDA

Healthcare Market News (Company News) August 2003 General Healthcare Group has published its accounts for the year ended 31 December 2002, revealing a 12.5% increase in turnover to £629.8m (2001: £559.5m), a 9.2% increase in operating profits to £183.8m (2001: £168.2m), on operating margins down…...

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Partnerships in Care adolescent unit

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) August 2003 Partnerships in Care has told HMN of plans to build a new adolescent secure unit in Calverton, north of Nottingham. The company acquired a 16-acre site for an undisclosed sum last month, and has secured permission to begin…...

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Government promises improved access to NHS dentistry

Healthcare Market News (Dentistry) August 2003 The Department of Health (DoH) has announced a £10m investment to help primary care trusts (PCTs) get ready to take over the funding and commissioning of local NHS dental services in England in 2005. The ‘radical shake-up’ is part…...

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DoH steps up attack on ‘health tourists’

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Proposals designed to curb the number of so-called ‘health tourists’ and illegal asylum seekers gaining access to free NHS healthcare were announced by the Department of Health (DoH) last month. The proposals, which have been formally backed by ministers,…...

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NHS Professionals under review

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 The future of NHS Professionals is looking increasingly uncertain, with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) close to making a decision on whether to support the Department of Health (DoH) nationwide staff agency. It is thought that the RCN…...

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Priory to sell bonds to pay for MBO

Healthcare Market News (Company News) August 2003 Priory Group, the upmarket psychiatric healthcare provider, has indicated it is about to follow the likes of Craegmoor with a significant securitised bond issue to refinance the management buy-out backed by Doughty Hanson. Chief executive Chai Patel led…...

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Redevelopment work at St Andrew’s

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) August 2003 St Andrew’s Group of Hospitals has secured planning permission to build a new medium-secure unit for adolescents with developmental disabilities in Northampton. The new facility, which will be built on the main hospital site, will replace the current…...

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National consultation launched as choice pilots falter

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 A national consultation which aims to look at ways in which healthcare delivery can offer patients more choice has been launched by NHS chief executive Nigel Crisp. The exercise, which is similar to the one behind the NHS Plan,…...

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