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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Public backs regulation of acupuncture and herbal medicine

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 More than 90% of practitioners, patient groups and members of the public back the government’s drive to regulate acupuncture and herbal medicine. Responses to the Department of Health’s (DH) consultation paper showed overwhelming support for the proposals, which include…...

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High prices deterring consumers from PMI

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) March 2005 Increasing premiums are driving down demand for individual private medical insurance (PMI) cover. According to a new report published by Datamonitor, there were 82,000 fewer individual policyholders in 2003 than in 1999. Over the same period mean premium…...

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First English Children’s Commissioner appointed

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) March 2005 Professor Al Aynsley-Green has been appointed England’s first Commissioner for Children and Young People. Currently the Nuffield professor of child health at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Aynsley-Green is also the government’s national clinical director for children. He has reportedly…...

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Radiology reporting service

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 A radiology reporting service has been launched by 4 Ways Healthcare. The service, Telerad, is being aimed at both NHS and independent hospitals and provides results for digital x-ray, MRI and CT scans. Predominantly, the company’s team of radiologists…...

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Independent providers to bid for chlamydia screening contracts

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 The Department of Health (DH) has invited expressions of interest from independent healthcare providers to pilot a new chlamydia screening programme in community pharmacies throughout London and Cornwall. Successful applicants will provide free chlamydia screening for 16-24 year olds,…...

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UK public doubts government claims over NHS

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) March 2005 The UK public has little faith in ministers’ claims concerning the NHS, with 97% never or only sometimes believing what the government says about the health service. The finding comes from a YouGov survey, commissioned by WPA as…...

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PCT revenue allocations

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 Primary care trusts (PCTs) have been informed of their budget allocations for the next two financial years (2006/07 and 2007/08). Announcing the £135bn spending plans last month, Health Secretary John Reid said the allocations would be based on four…...

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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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