Conservative party publishes health manifesto

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 The Conservative party has reiterated its commitment to extending the use of independent providers in NHS delivery in its healthcare manifesto, published last month. The document welcomes the government’s moves to create plurality of provision in the NHS, but…...

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SME’s to get free health and safety advice

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) March 2005 A £20m pilot scheme offering free health and safety advice to smaller businesses has been announced by the Department for Work and Pensions. ‘Workplace Help Direct’ will provide small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) with free advice and…...

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BMA article sparks new row over ISTCs

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 Doctors have accused the government of putting waiting list cuts above quality of care when selecting private providers to run its independent sector treatment centres (ISTC) after a failed bidder’s presentation to the Department of Health (DH) was obtained…...

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New treatment for menorrhagia

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 BMI’s Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle is offering a new technique for the treatment of menorrhagia (heavy periods). Microwave endometrial ablation (MEA) uses high frequency energy to cause rapid but shallow heating of the endometrium under a general or local…...

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PruHealth publishes first health index

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) March 2005 PruHealth has published the results of its first health index, which it plans to conduct every six months in order to track shifts in the public’s health behaviour. Still a relative newcomer to the private medical insurance (PMI)…...

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Private providers set to bid for £1bn diagnostics contracts

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 Speculation that the government has put its independent sector procurement programme on the backburner until after the General Election has been cast aside following the Department of Health’s (DH) invitation to private providers to bid for diagnostics contracts worth…...

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New scanning service at Sarum Road

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 A new obstetric ultrasound service has been launched at BMI’s Sarum Road Hospital. The Insight service offers antenatal scanning up to 24 weeks including: foetal viability/assessment/dating scan (after six weeks gestation); nuchal translucency scan (11 – 13 weeks gestation);…...

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Dentistry

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) March 2005 Gordon Prentice asked the Secretary of State for Health (2 February 2005: Column 986W) when he expects to conclude negotiations on the new NHS dentists’ contracts; and if he will make a statement. Rosie Winterton: I confirm that preparations…...

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