New DoH unit will drive through Public Private Partnerships

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2001 A new civil service unit has been set up within the Department of Health to steer Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the NHS. The move was announced by new unit head, Andy McKeon, at Laing & Buisson’s Acute Healthcare…...

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NSE launches ‘e-epilepsy’

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2001 The National Society for Epilepsy (NSE) has launched a new website for professionals with an interest in epilepsy. The site aims to provide reliable, up-to-date information about the condition for medical, nursing and other professionals who can benefit from…...

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New cancer definition proposal wins charities’ approval

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) October 2001 The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has proposed changes to the definition of prostate cancer for critical illness insurance, following a government backed drive to improve screening for the illness. It had been feared that the initiative, which…...

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Department of Health regional directors

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) October 2001 The Department of Health (DoH) has appointed four regional directors for health and social care. The appointments are as follow: North region – Peter Garland: regional head of Northern and Yorkshire since 1999. Midlands – David Nicholson: director of…...

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Demand for private hospital treatment remains healthy

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2001 The private hospital market is unlikely to be hit by the expected economic downturn, despite an anticipated dip in demand from self-payers in line with household spending, according to Laing’s Healthcare Market Review published this month. Editor William Laing…...

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Goodhealth ‘Webquote’ goes live

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) October 2001 Goodhealth has announced the launch of ‘Webquote’, an online quote system which will enable brokers to offer issuing quotes to individuals or groups according to age and area profile. The new system allows brokers to go through all…...

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Proposed Strategic Health Authorities announced

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2001 The 28 strategic health authorities expected to replace the 95 health authorities in England by 2004 have been announced in a consultation document published by the Department of Health. Speaking at a conference in April, Secretary of State for…...

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Milburn encourages culture of enterprise in NHS

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2001 Top hospitals are to be given the freedom to create spin-off companies and sell their services to other organisations under the Department of Health’s star rating system for NHS trusts. Based on performance criteria such as waiting times, cancellations…...

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Nursing student numbers on the increase

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2001 The number of students accepting places on nursing degree courses has increased for the second year running, according to figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). By late August 2001, 3,096 people had accepted places on…...

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