British providers rocked by treatment centre snub

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2003 The UK’s established private healthcare providers were dealt a blow last month when the Department of Health (DoH) provisionally awarded the first seven contracts to run the newly named independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) to consortia largely made up…...

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International Nurse Mobility

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) October 2003 John Baron asked the Secretary of State for Health (1 September 2003: Column 939W) what action the government will take to address the findings of the study International Nurse Mobility: Trends and Policy Implications on England’s reliance on nurses…...

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Nestor takeover bid comes to nothing

Healthcare Market News (Company News) October 2003 Talks over the ‘unsolicited bid approach’ made for Nestor Healthcare Group plc in June have come to an end, with no formal offer for the company being made. Nestor made the disclosure after announcing its interim results for…...

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Management changes at BHSF

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) October 2003 BHSF has announced a number of management appointments. Nick Wright has joined the Birmingham and Hull-based organisation as group accountant, leaving the Britannic Group where he was head of financial accounting control and risks. Meanwhile, four of the senior…...

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DoH waits as consultants decide

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2003 Consultants across England and Scotland are deciding on the latest version of their contract, after they received ballot papers from their respective British Medical Associations (BMA) last month. Latest speculation suggests that while doctors north of the border look…...

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Dental Work

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) October 2003 James Wray asked the Secretary of State for Health (17 September 2003: Column 843W) what measures are in place to ensure that unnecessary dental work is not carried out on patients by dentists for profit. Rosie Winterton: Dentists providing…...

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MoD private healthcare bill up 50%

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2003 The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has spent £9m over the last three years on private healthcare, according to figures released last month by the Liberal Democrats. The figure is 50% higher than the previous year. Between April 1997 and…...

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Groupama sales director

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) October 2003 Groupama Insurances has announced the appointment of Amanda Blanc as director responsible for the group’s UK sales, agency and business development activities. Blanc is joining Groupama from her previous position as regional director at AXA Insurance, where she had…...

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Lords debate foundation bill

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2003 The Health and Social Care (community standards) Bill, which provides for foundation hospitals to be set up, returned to the Lords last month, where opponents hope it could be derailed by a rebellion from Labour backbench peers. Progress of…...

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Care UK to run new independent sector treatment centres

Residential and nursing home provider Care UK plc has been named by the Department of Health (DoH) as one of the preferred bidders to run new Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs). Care UK, in partnership with Afrox Healthcare, a South African company owned by worldwide gas company BOC, will operate three of the new centres in Maidstone, Nottinghamshire and Plymouth, providing orthopaedic and general surgery.

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