IVF breakthrough at CARE hospital

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 The first UK pregnancy following a new method called aneuploidy screening has been announced at the Centres for Assisted Reproduction (CARE) clinic at the Park Hospital in Nottingham. The procedure could benefit women aged over 36, those who have…...

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Patient choice will lead to ‘abhorrent’ advertising culture

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 Public sector union Unison has warned that the government’s commitment to offering patients increased choice will lead to NHS hospitals ‘wasting’ scarce resources ‘advertising’ for patients. The warning came as it emerged that the Department of Health (DoH) has…...

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Voters happy to pay for PMI if tax is cut

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) July 2003 Voters would be tempted to pay for private health insurance if it guarantees them fast access to improved care, according to research published last month. The research seems to reveal that the public is more willing to consider…...

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NICE non-executive director

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) July 2003 The Department of Health (DoH) has appointed Mark Taylor as a non-executive director of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Taylor has over thirty years of healthcare experience, most recently as chief executive of the Royal Brompton and…...

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Demand for PMI static as non-insured schemes thrive

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 The number of people with private medical insurance (PMI) policies in the UK remained essentially static in 2002, falling marginally by 0.3% since 2001 to stand at 3,710,000 at year end. This follows a pick up in PMI subscriptions…...

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Waiting lists still over one million mark

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 Latest NHS hospital waiting list statistics for England have revealed that the number of people awaiting in-patient treatment remained above the one million mark for the second month in succession – up by 1,700 to 1,003,000. The government claimed…...

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PMI complaints on the increase

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) July 2003 The number of consumer complaints made to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FSO) regarding private medical insurance (PMI) rose by just over 9% in the twelve months to March, according to the organisation’s annual review for 2002/3. Furthermore, complaints…...

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Shadow chair for NHS Professionals

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) July 2003 The NHS Appointments Commission has named Richard Martin as shadow chair of the NHS Professionals Special Health Authority. Martin was previously chief executive of human resources services and recruitment company Adecco UK Ltd and is currently president of Adecco…...

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‘Entrepreneurial’ private sector exploiting concordat

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 NHS purchasers feel they are being exploited by private providers intent on making maximum profit for minimum input, according to new research into the concordat agreement. Furthermore, the pioneering charter is failing to deliver long term solutions to NHS…...

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Scottish NHS reforms confirmed

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 Details of proposed reforms to the NHS in Scotland have been confirmed by Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm. Under the proposed bill, Scotland’s 25 health trusts will be scrapped and more powers will be given to health boards. Some of…...

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