GPs keen to charge patients

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 More than 60% of GPs believe patients should be able to pay for more convenient appointments, according to research published last month. Furthermore, although most admit that this is ‘privatisation by stealth’, two in five GPs would like to…...

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North Wales Medical Centre update

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 The North Wales Medical Centre, the general hospital owned by nursing home operator BetterCare, is to introduce a mobile MRI scanning service in early 2004. The centre does not currently own a scanner, and plans to use the new…...

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Cambridge plans approved

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 Cambridge City Council has provisionally approved an application for a £75m six-storey elective care, diabetes and genetics centre that will be funded through PFI. Preferred partner on the scheme for Addenbrookes NHS Trust (Cambridge University Teaching Hospitals Trust) is…...

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£1 a week corporate cash plan from HSA

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) December 2003 Cash plan provider HSA has launched a £1 a week corporate health scheme, targeted primarily at employers who have not previously provided health plans. The product covers everyday healthcare costs such as dental and physiotherapy bills and helps…...

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CHAI names chief executive

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) December 2003 A senior civil servant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has been named as chief executive of the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI). Anne Walker has been director general of land use and…...

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£15m promised for local commissioning

Healthcare Market News (Dentistry) December 2003 The Department of Health is to invest a further £15m in order to assist primary care trusts (PCTs) take over the funding and commissioning of local NHS dental services. News of the extra funding comes after the Health and…...

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University of Ulster podiatry clinic

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 The University of Ulster (UU) is to open a new £600,000 self-pay clinic offering podiatry, physiotherapy and optometry at its Jordanstown campus in Belfast early next year. The UU Clinic, said to be the first of its kind in…...

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Draft charities bill progresses

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 Independent healthcare providers that have charitable status will be subject to tougher regulation in the future, following legislation proposed in the Queens Speech last month. The draft charities bill, which will reform Britain’s 400-year-old charity law, centres on a…...

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Bouygues wins London contract

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust has selected the Bouygues Consortium to build the Brent Emergency Care & Diagnostic (BECaD) Centre at Central Middlesex Hospital. The BECaD centre is the final phase of the Central Middlesex’s redevelopment, following…...

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Employees value dental insurance most

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) December 2003 Most employers think their employees value dental insurance more than income protection, according to the results of a survey published last month. 92% of employers surveyed by benefits consultancy Gissings thought dental insurance was very highly valued by…...

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