NHS Direct goes digital

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2004 The Department of Health (DH) has launched a new digital satellite television version of NHS Direct. The service will initially be available to digital satellite viewers, but will be rolled out to other digital television platforms, such as Freeview…...

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St Vincent’s Hospital starts new venture

Healthcare Market News (Company News) December 2004 St Vincent’s Hospital has announced the completion of the sale of its surplus land, previously the hospital site, to Crest Nicholson for a sum in excess of £5m. This money will now be used to fund the creation…...

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Primecare services criticised by Trust

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2004 Out-of-hours GP provider Primecare, part of Nestor Healthcare, has been criticised over its service to Bridgend Local Health Board in Wales. At a board meeting in December, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust claimed hospitals were treating an increasing number of…...

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BUPA book wins BMA award

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2004 A BUPA health information booklet on lower back surgery has been highly commended in the British Medical Association’s (BMA’s) patient information awards. This is the first time that BUPA has been recognised in the awards, which are part of…...

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Standard Life extends Switch scheme to over 60s

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) December 2004 Standard Life Healthcare has extended its ‘Switch’ scheme to customers aged over 60. Launched to the under 60’s in March 2004, the ‘Switchkit’ enables PMI customers to transfer policies with other insurers to Standard Life on the same…...

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GP claims patients are shunning treatment at ISTC

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2004 Orthopaedic patients in Nottingham are shunning the local Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC), preferring to stay on NHS waiting lists, a local GP has claimed. According to GP Dr Jonathan Hart, when patient advisers at a referral centre, run…...

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New site identified for Scarborough hospital

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2004 Independent Care has identified a new site for its proposed hospital in Scarborough after planning permission for its original site in Lady Edith’s Drive ran into difficulty last April (HMN May 2004). Independent Care, the vehicle of chief executive…...

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Government launches new standard for health at work

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) December 2004 The Department of Health (DH) has announced the launch of a ‘healthy business assessment’ initiative as part of its drive to improve public health. The assessment, which was outlined in the government’s public health white paper in November,…...

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GPs able to keep 100% of savings made from direct commissioning

Healthcare Market News (News) December 2004 GP practices will be able to retain all of the savings they make from commissioning services under the government’s new Practice Based Commissioning scheme, Health Minister John Hutton has announced. Draft guidance on Practice Based Commissioning, published in October,…...

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