Decreasing NHS demand set to put pressure on commercial staffing agencies

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 The UK flexible health and care staffing services market, covering nurses agencies, other healthcare staff agencies, doctor deputising, and domiciliary care agencies (homecare), was worth some £4.5bn in 2003, according to a new market report from Laing & Buisson…....

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Medicentre announces first pre-tax profits

Healthcare Market News (Company News) July 2004 Medicentres (UK) Ltd, the operator of private walk-in GP surgeries, has created a small pre-tax profit of £14,431 in the year to 31 December 2003, a stark contrast to last year’s loss of £1.1m and accumulated losses of…...

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Huntercombe appointments

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) July 2004 The Newly opened Huntercombe Roehampton Hospital has announced details of key appointments. Robin Pickering has taken up the post of clinical services manager, whilst Dr Julie Parker has been appointed as head of psychology. Louise Helsdown and Jennifer Boyd…...

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Kaiser study did not compare like with like, says new research

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 A new study published in the British Journal of General Practice has disputed widespread claims that US healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente performs better than the NHS. According to the paper by Dr Alison Talbot-Smith et al, the original research…...

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NHS waiting lists exceed public expectations

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) July 2004 Members of the public could be underestimating the length of time they would have to wait for NHS surgery, a new study has revealed. According to the latest figures from Norwich Union Healthcare, patients wait an average of…...

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New role at HSA

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) July 2004 HSA has appointed Hollie Swift as group compliance manager – a new role in the company working within corporate affairs. Swift, who has previously worked as field compliance adviser at Prudential and head of market analysis at the London…...

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HFEA issues new storage guidelines

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has announced strict new guidelines to protect the safety of frozen sperm, eggs and embryos stored at fertility clinics throughout the UK. The guidelines have been produced following a review of a…...

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New health and wellbeing service

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) July 2004 Standard Life Healthcare is launching a health and wellbeing service to its individual and corporate customers from the end of June. The secure and confidential service is accessed via the internet and provides customers with regular e-mails on…...

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Shadow cabinet reshuffle

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) July 2004 Tim Yeo has been moved from his post as shadow secretary for public services to take over from Theresa May as shadow secretary for environment and transport. In Conservative leader Michael Howard’s first shadow cabinet reshuffle, the shadow secretary…...

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Costs are higher at for-profit hospitals in USA

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 For-profit hospitals are less cost efficient than their not-for-profit counterparts resulting in poor value for money for consumers, according to a study of hospital care in the United States. The report by Dr P J Devereaux and colleagues at…...

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