DH needs substantial increase in independent sector procurement to sustain a viable market

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 The Department of Health (DH) will have to double the size of its independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) procurement programme to prevent the collapse of the market, and could have to go well beyond this to achieve full choice,…...

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bpas incurs pension deficit charge

Healthcare Market News (Company News) March 2005 The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) has incurred a loss for the year ended 31 March 2004 thanks to a ‘one off’ payment to fund the pension deficit of its defined benefit scheme which closed to new members…...

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New director general at ABI

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) March 2005 The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has announced the appointment of Stephen Haddrill as director general in succession to Mary Francis. He will take up his position on 3 May 2005. Haddrill is currently director general, Fair Markets Group…...

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Health Secretary defends scanning contract against criticism from BMA

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 John Reid has defended the government’s contract with Alliance Medical after doctors accused the company of mistakes and delays when returning results. The Health Secretary acknowledged that there had been some ‘teething problems’ with the contract, but said it…...

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Groupama reviews customer service operations

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) March 2005 Groupama has begun a review of the distribution and customer service aspects of its healthcare business with a view to increasing its profile and building market share. The company has already carried out substantial research into potential business…...

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Reed director

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) March 2005 Reed Health Group has announced that director of human resources Susan Dael has decided not to return to the company following maternity leave. Dael has therefore resigned as a director of the company, and its subsidiaries, with effect from…...

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Government prepared to let failing hospitals close

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 The government is prepared to let NHS hospitals close if they fail to attract patients in sufficient numbers once the patient choice initiative is up and running at the end of this year, John Reid admitted last month. Asked…...

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Patients know little about hereditary conditions

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) March 2005 Almost 90% of GPs believe their patients should know more about their family health history, according to new research carried out by Norwich Union. A study of 200 GPs and 1,000 adults commissioned by the insurer as part…...

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National clinical lead for diagnostic imaging

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) March 2005 Health minister John Hutton has announced the appointment of Erika Denton as the national clinical lead for diagnostic imaging. Denton’s appointment completes the creation of a new team of clinical experts to help drive progress on diagnostic services. Four…...

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Key dentistry reforms delayed

Healthcare Market News (Dentistry) March 2005 Moves by the General Dental Council (GDC) to set up a private patients complaints scheme have been delayed after the Department of Health (DH) announced that the necessary amendment to the Dentists Act was taking longer to draft than…...

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