Benenden faced with £4m headache

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Benenden Hospital, the independent charitable hospital in Kent, is undertaking a radical restructuring in a bid to stem mounting deficits that are being caused by an increasing lack of patients. Hospital management said that the hospital, which is run…...

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Private casualty clinic launched

Healthcare Market News (Company News) August 2003 A private casualty unit is to open its doors to fee-paying patients in west London next month. Casualty Plus, which claims to be the first private casualty unit in the UK, will treat walk-in patients prepared to pay…...

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Priory to launch self-help products

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) August 2003 Priory Healthcare is planning to launch a range of branded products as part of a ‘brand-stretch’ strategy aimed at people who would not normally consider getting Priory treatment for psychiatric and emotional problems. The company hopes that the…...

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CHI patient survey

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Most NHS patients rate their use of local health services as a positive experience, according to the findings of the 2003 patient survey, conducted by the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI). The independent survey canvassed the opinions of over…...

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Tories attack Scottish HCI policy

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie MSP has warned that a disproportionate number of English NHS patients have been treated in Scottish hospitals – and that the Scottish Executive’s failure to use the private sector effectively is largely to blame…....

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GMC to relax foreign doctor regulations

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Rules covering foreign doctors could be eased under plans being considered by the General Medical Council (GMC), it has emerged. The Council is considering scrapping its English language test for doctors who train overseas. It is also considering making…...

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Nestor struggles with bid approach

Healthcare Market News (Company News) August 2003 Nestor Healthcare Group, the UK’s biggest suppliers of agency nurses, doctors and home help, has remained tight-lipped on the bid approach it received last month (HMN Volume VII Issue ix), prompting press speculation that various likely bidders have…...

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Scottish agency spending up

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2003 Scottish Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm is to order hospital chiefs to cut back spending on agency nurses, following a public outcry over the large sums of NHS funds being used to pay for them. Furthermore, Chisholm said he would…...

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