Boost to refugee healthcare workers

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 The government has offered a boost to refugees with healthcare skills to bring their expertise to the NHS. Health Minister John Hutton announced £500,000 extra funding for the Refugee Health Professional Steering Group, which was set up in 2001…...

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Government insists it will meet consultant target later this year

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 The government has announced it is on course to meet its NHS Plan target of 7,500 additional hospital consultants, originally set for April 2004, later this year. The claim was made following publication of the latest NHS workforce statistics…...

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‘Two-tier workforce’ abolition extended to NHS

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 Union leaders have won an extension of the ban on the ‘two-tier workforce’ to all public services, including hospitals. The government pledged to end the ‘two-tier workforce’, which meant employees working for private sector contractors received worse pay and…...

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GDC appoints director to non-NHS complaints scheme

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) August 2004 The General Dental Council (GDC) has appointed a director to lead and manage the implementation and operation of the its new non-NHS Complaints Scheme. Gordon Miles is currently head of stakeholder relations at the Dental Practice Board and has…...

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New NHS Walk-in Centres announced

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 The Department of Health (DH) has announced the creation of 17 new Walk-in Centres across England. The £12m investment, announced by Health Minister John Hutton in August, will take the total number of centres to 82. According to the…...

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Orthopaedic surgery

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) August 2004 Hywel Williams asked the Secretary of State for Health (6 July 2004: Column 606W) what plans he has to extend patient choice in respect of orthopaedic surgery. John Hutton: Patients waiting more than six months for orthopaedic surgery are…...

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Frustration for Cygnet as Enfield plans stutter

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) August 2004 Cygnet Health Care’s plans to build a 51-bed psychiatric hospital in Palmers Green have encountered renewed opposition from local residents. Planning permission for the Truro House site was originally secured last year, and Cygnet had hoped the £6m…...

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Extra funding to recruit more NHS dentists

Healthcare Market News (Dentistry) August 2004 Health Secretary John Reid has announced a £368m funding injection for dentistry in a bid to increase the number of dentists practising in the NHS. The measures, unveiled in a written House of Commons statement in June, include the…...

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Which? report slams private health screening

Healthcare Market News (News) August 2004 Two private clinics have been criticised for providing inaccurate information to patients undergoing health screening tests. A report into private screening services, published by Which? in August said that the Diagnostic Clinic in London did not provide customers with…...

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