NHS private hospital buys praised

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 MPs have praised the acquisition of a London private hospital, and said the NHS should look for similar opportunities to boost capacity. The review by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) looked at University College London NHS…...

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Mental health boss warns of capacity meltdown

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) July 2003 The clinical director for women’s services at Ashworth Hospital, Liverpool, has attacked plans to close the facility by March 2004, claiming that there are no adequate facilities to which the women can move. Dr Sarah Davenport told delegates…...

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New BMA chairman

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) July 2003 James Johnson, a consultant surgeon in Cheshire, has been elected chairman of the BMA Council. Johnson, 56, was elected in a seven-way contest. He takes over from Dr Ian Bogle who has stood down after five years as chairman…....

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Private enterprise stranglehold on NHS

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 Unison has called on the government to limit private enterprise’s role in the NHS, after revealing that more than half of all private sector contracts are in the hands of just four companies. According to the public sector union,…...

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Integrated blames loss on recruitment

Healthcare Market News (Company News) July 2003 Integrated Dental Holdings has placed the blame for a lacklustre set of interim results squarely on the shoulders of the ongoing recruitment problem in the UK dentistry sector. For the six months to 30 April 2003, Integrated said…...

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Cygnet gets green light in Enfield

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) July 2003 Cygnet Healthcare Ltd has won planning consent to build a 51-bed low-secure and intensive care hospital in Palmers Green, Enfield. The company hopes that the £6m project will be open in late 2004. It is thought that the…...

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Simplyhealth business consultant

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) July 2003 Hertford-based private medical insurer (PMI) Simplyhealth has appointed Simon Letchford as business development consultant, a new position which has been created to service the intermediary sector. Letchford joins Simplyhealth from BCWA Healthcare, having previously gained experience at other insurance…...

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Clampdown on private overseas nurses?

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2003 Ethical guidelines designed to prevent the NHS from poaching nurses from developing countries should be extended to the independent sector, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said. The RCN made the call after it commissioned research which reveals…...

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Hostile bid for Nestor

Healthcare Market News (Company News) July 2003 Temporary care staff provider Nestor Healthcare Group plc has received an unsolicited approach regarding a possible offer for the company. The directors indicated that this would be at a premium to the closing price, prior to the announcement,…...

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