New contract for staff doctors comes a step closer

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 The British Medical Association (BMA) has announced that progress has been made on the proposed new contract for doctors in the staff and associate specialist group. Speaking at the BMA’s annual conference of staff and associate specialists, chairman of…...

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New prostate treatment opens at London Clinic

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 The London Clinic is now offering laser surgery for the treatment of benign prostate gland enlargement. Professor Roger Kirby, together with Peter Gilling who has pioneered the treatment in New Zealand, carried out the first procedure at the London…...

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All round improvement at Standard Life Healthcare

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) July 2004 Standard Life Healthcare Ltd. has announced an improved set of results for the year to 15 November 2003 with favourable variances in underwriting, investment and other income. Gross premiums increased by 12% to £194m (2003: £173m) with a…...

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Government urged to prioritise obesity services

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 Obesity has grown by almost 400% in the last 25 years and could soon surpass smoking as the greatest cause of premature death, MPs have warned. In its latest report into obesity, the Health Select Committee said that around…...

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Dramatic rise in knee replacement surgery

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 Knee replacement operations look set to overtake hips as the primary form of joint replacement performed in the UK. Knee replacement operations have risen by over 300% during the last ten years and, based on current trends, could increase…...

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New genetic test for drug reactions

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 The Cromwell Hospital in London has introduced a genetic test to predict patients’ reactions to medicine. The Cromwell is thought to be the first UK hospital to use the test which it expects to improve outcomes, reduce wastage and…...

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Public more inclined to pay for private treatment

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) July 2004 The public is still disillusioned with government attempts to reduce NHS waiting lists despite the recent reductions reported by the Department of Health (DH). A poll by YouGov found that two-thirds of the public thought waiting list initiatives…...

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Private doctor was not registered with GMC

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 Police in London are investigating claims that an unregistered doctor has been performing treatment at a private men’s health clinic in Harley Street. It is alleged that a man calling himself Dr Jameel Asharaf, who worked at the Wellman…...

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More research needed into acne treatments

Healthcare Market News (News) July 2004 Doctors in the United States (US) have called for more research into laser acne treatments. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School said there was little evidence that pulse…...

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