Cosmetic clinics criticised – again

Healthcare Market News (News) February 2004 High street cosmetic clinics are continuing to exaggerate the benefits of their treatments, while also downplaying the risks, an investigation has found. Illegal advertising is also a continuing problem, according to the investigation conducted by Which? magazine. Four undercover…...

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Regulatory Fees for Care Services

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) February 2004 The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Stephen Ladyman, has announced that the fees for care services currently regulated by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) will be increased in April 2004. A table of the new fees…...

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Financial loan product

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) February 2004 Independent financial intermediary Medi-Fi has launched a new financial loan product to help non-insured patients fund private medical treatment. With Patient Finance, patients will be able to find out within one working day of application whether their request…...

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CHAI appointments

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) February 2004 More senior appointments have been made at the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI). Mick Linsell joins from Royal Mail as head of corporate affairs and Lorraine Foley joins from the Royal Bank of Scotland as head of…...

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Lister nursing placement programme

Healthcare Market News (News) February 2004 The Lister Hospital, the London hospital owned by HCA Healthcare, is taking part in an induction programme designed to prevent student nurses from encountering problems while undertaking placements. The two week programme has been developed by The Chelsea Learning…...

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Cosmetic surgeon in race for BNP seat

Healthcare Market News (News) February 2004 A cosmetic surgeon who runs a chain of private clinics in the North-East is to contest this year’s European election as a candidate for the British National Party. Dr Alan Patterson, who is a member of the British Cosmetic…...

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Carillion/RBS £135m Oxford hospital

Healthcare Market News (Public Private Partnerships) February 2004 A joint venture between Carillion and the Royal Bank of Scotland has reached financial close on the new John Radcliffe NHS Hospital in Oxford. The £135m PFI initiative involves the development of a new children’s hospital as…...

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HSBC-branded CIGNA product

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) February 2004 Banking group HSBC is to begin offering a private medical insurance product to its commercial customers, administered and underwritten by CIGNA HealthCare. The product range, founded on CIGNA’s Managed Care proposition, will be HSBC branded and initially sold…...

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NCSC healthcare director

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) February 2004 Mark Avery has been appointed as director of the private and voluntary healthcare division at the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC). Avery was jointly appointed by the NCSC and Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI) and becomes head…...

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Concern over lack of out-of-hours care

Healthcare Market News (News) February 2004 The majority of GPs are concerned over the safety of out-of-hours services, after responsibility is transferred to primary care organisations from April for those doctors who elect not to provide out-of-hours cover under their new contract. According to a…...

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