Tories confirm plans to drop tax relief

Healthcare Market News (News) May 2004 A Conservative government would definitely not offer tax breaks on private healthcare, instead concentrating resources on its ‘patient’s passport’ scheme instead. Tim Yeo, the shadow health and education secretary, told MPs last month that the party would not be…...

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BUPA ‘not planning’ to publish surgeons’ success rates

Healthcare Market News (News) May 2004 BUPA has denied that it is planning to publish the results of ongoing research into the success and failure rates of its surgeons. The research, which BUPA has been collecting for four years, is being used to look at…...

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Sainsbury’s to sell insurance product

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) May 2004 Sainsbury’s Bank has become the first supermarket bank to enter the health insurance market, with the launch of a ‘complementary health insurance’ product. According to Sainsbury’s, the product will typically be two-thirds the cost of traditional PMI products…...

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Mental Health Act detention figures

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) May 2004 The number of people formally detained in independent hospitals in England under the Mental Health Act 1983 was 1,303 in 2002/03, according to new statistics from the Department of Health. The figure is down from 1,669 in 2001/02…....

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Nuffield and Capio secure largest NHS deals yet

Healthcare Market News (News) May 2004 Speculation that John Reid, the Health Secretary, is preparing to wind down the Department of Health’s (DH) relationship with the British independent healthcare sector has been pushed aside, for the moment at least, following news that established independent providers…...

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Clinicare progress

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) May 2004 Medical insurer Clinicare has said that gross written premium increased 8% in 2003 to £30.7m in 2003. Membership also rose by 8% for individual business, and 3% for groups. 98% of subscriptions were retained at their point of…...

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NHS private patient revenues rise

Healthcare Market News (News) May 2004 Private patient revenues generated by NHS trusts from treating private patients in NHS hospitals continued to rise strongly in 2002/03, reaching £388m, up from £359m in 2001/02. According to Laing and Buisson’s new NHS Trusts & Primary Care Trusts…...

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Doctors fear for future of NHS

Healthcare Market News (News) May 2004 The leader of Britain’s doctors has voiced renewed concerns over the future of the NHS, warning that government policy is sure to lead to a two-tiered health service which will deliver large variations in standards of hospital care. Addressing…...

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Second ISTC contract collapses

Healthcare Market News (News) May 2004 A second Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) deal has collapsed in a matter of weeks, prompting concerns over the consistency of the Department of Health’s (DH) procurement process. Anglo-Canadian Clinics, a joint British and Canadian company also known as…...

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