CHI praises overstretched NHS Direct

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 Demand for the telephone helpline NHS Direct is so great that some centres are failing to cope, according to the first annual report on the service by the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI). However, the service was praised for…...

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NHS buys St Michael’s in Cornwall

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 The South West Peninsula Health Authority Board has released £2m for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust to buy St Michael’s Hospital from The Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege. The trust has leased and run the…...

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Royal Liver launches PMI product

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) December 2003 Life assurance provider RoyalLiver has entered into a venture with private medical insurance provider HealthNow to launch its own product underwritten by American Insurance Group Inc. HealthNow is the first major product launch at the Liverpool-based friendly society…...

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Sainsbury Centre warns of lack of funding

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) December 2003 Many mental health trusts will be unable to modernise care under the National Service Framework for Mental Health due to a lack of funding, the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (SCMH) has warned. According to the SCMH, spending…...

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Manchester ‘super-hospital’ green light

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 Plans for a £350m ‘super hospital’ have been approved by Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority, after NHS officials put the project on hold earlier this year over concerns it would plunge the local health service £700m into debt by…...

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Private nursing advice line folds

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 Nursing Direct, a nurse-led private phoneline offering similar services to NHS Direct, has folded, following allegations that callers were being misled over treatment. According to Nursing Standard, the phoneline, whose logo used an image similar to NHS Direct, had…...

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Sunday Times Fast Track 100

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2003 Two providers of private healthcare services have been included in the latest Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100, the newspaper’s annual guide to the UK’s fastest-growing unquoted companies. Ambition Recruitment, the nursing recruitment agency which specialises in providing…...

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Scot Healthcare contract

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) December 2003 Aberdeen City Council has contracted Scot Healthcare to provide a cash plan for its staff. The company, which is part of Medicash, will provide the plan for staff operating in the 400 council establishments across Aberdeen. Scot Healthcare…...

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£77m funding for Care Principles

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) December 2003 Care Principles Group Ltd, the medium secure psychiatric operator, has announced that it has secured a new £77m facility from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Established in 1997, Care Principles currently has five hospitals across the UK, and…...

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