Private facilities contribute little to patient choice

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 Spare capacity in the private sector is too small to make an important contribution to the government’s patient choice initiative, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) last month. Although the inclusion of private facilities…...

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Three shortlisted for Plymouth project

Healthcare Market News (Public Private Partnerships) March 2005 Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust has shortlisted three companies for the £340m renovation and new care centre at Derriford Hospital. According to Contract Journal, the three groups are Multiplex, Medico Vanguard (featuring Amey and Ferrovial) and a German…...

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Huntecombe appointments

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) March 2005 The Huntecombe Maidenhead Hospital has appointed Sharon Davies as consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. Davies is an honorary consultant in the Tourette’s Clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital and most recently worked with Merton child, adolescent and family service…...

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DH extends fee for service pilots

Healthcare Market News (News) March 2005 The Department of Health (DH) has announced plans to extend its ‘fee for service’ pilot sites after a report revealed the scheme was expected to exceed its target of delivering 8,400 additional operations this month. Last month, health minister…...

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Capio announces year end details

Healthcare Market News (Company News) March 2005 Capio AB has announced further strategic moves in its year end update. Occupational healthcare and the elderly care operations have now gone leaving turnover slightly down on last year at SEK 8,800m (c£675m). On a like-for-like basis this…...

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Expacare director

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) March 2005 David Kerr has joined international medical insurance company Expacare as associate director for operations and finance. Kerr was previously general manager at A La Carte Healthcare and has also held key roles at BUPA, Legal & General and Lloyds…...

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Vanguard reports heavy losses

Healthcare Market News (Company News) March 2005 Vanguard Healthcare Solutions, the West Country provider of surgical facilities and services to the NHS and the private sector, has reported a heavy loss for the year ended 31 March 2004. The company, which was acquired by Nuffield…...

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Groupama head of healthcare

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) March 2005 Groupama Insurances has appointed Alistair Sclare as head of healthcare. Sclare will join the company on 14 March from FirstAssist, where he was PMI underwriting manager, and will lead the group’s specialist health insurance underwriting activities, assuming responsibility for…...

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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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