NICE issues new guidance on frequency of dental check-ups

Healthcare Market News (Dentistry) November 2004 The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued revised guidance on the frequency of dental check-ups. The new recommendations, published last month, state that intervals between dental checks should be tailored to patient’s needs – between three and…...

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Spending on agency nurses trebled between 1997 and 2003

Healthcare Market News (News) November 2004 The NHS is becoming increasingly reliant on temporary nursing staff in spite of the introduction of NHS Professionals. According to a report commissioned by the Royal College of Nursing, NHS spending on agency nurses (including NHS Professionals) stood at…...

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Reed Health Group set to clinch major deal for AHPs in London

Healthcare Market News (Company News) November 2004 Reed Health Group plc and The North West London NHS Procurement Confederation, acting on behalf of a number of NHS trusts in North West London, have reached agreement in principle, subject to contract, for the award of a…...

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Independent providers to run NHS walk-in centres

Healthcare Market News (News) November 2004 The Department of Health (DH) has invited expressions of interest from independent healthcare providers to run a new wave of NHS walk-in centres. Providers have been given until 26 November to submit bids for the stand-alone centres, which will…...

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Denplan launches interest-free loans for top end dental procedures

Healthcare Market News (Dentistry) November 2004 A new finance product, enabling dentists to offer patients interest-free loans of up to £25,000 for private dental treatment, has been launched by Axa-owned Denplan. Denplan Enhance has been piloted at a number of Denplan member dentists, including a…...

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NHS waiting lists hit 17-year low

Healthcare Market News (News) November 2004 The total number of people on NHS waiting lists fell during September 2004 by 4,500 to 856,600 – the lowest figure since September 1987 and the first time waiting lists have fallen nine months in a row. Commenting on…...

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General Healthcare progresses slowly

Healthcare Market News (Company News) November 2004 General Healthcare Group (GHG) has continued to increase turnover and profitability in the year ended 31 December 2003 albeit at a slower rate than previous years. Turnover, at £666m, showed a 6% gain over last year and, with…...

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Capio lands £9.6m NHS deal

Healthcare Market News (News) November 2004 Capio has secured its second major NHS contract in six months. Under the £9.6m deal, negotiated and signed locally with Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority (SHA), Capio will perform 2,400 orthopaedic operations on NHS patients over the next…...

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NHS set to spend additional £1bn in private sector

Healthcare Market News (News) November 2004 The Department of Health (DH) could be set to spend almost £1bn a year more in the private sector over the next five years. According to a report in the Financial Times earlier this month, the next wave of…...

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BAAPS publishes cosmetic surgery guidelines

Healthcare Market News (News) November 2004 The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) is urging potential consumers of cosmetic surgery to use reputable approved surgeons. Last month, the Association published guidelines for patients advising them to research the background and experience of their surgeon,…...

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