Private paternity testing clinic opens

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2004 A private paternity testing clinic has been opened in Norfolk by 40-year-old molecular biologist Dr Thomas Haizel. Anglia DNA Bioservices will operate from three laboratories in the Norwich Bio-incubator at Norwich Research Park, providing a full range of genetic…...

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Regulation tops brokers’ list of concerns

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) October 2004 Impending FSA regulation has been cited by brokers as their main concern, with many smaller operations still not prepared for next year’s new regulatory requirements. Norwich Union’s bi-annual research of the broker market showed that nearly a fifth…...

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PCP preferred bidder for Basildon ISTC

Healthcare Market News (Personnel) October 2004 Patient Choice Partners (PCP), a 50:50 joint venture between Carillion plc and Nestor Healthcare Group plc, has been appointed preferred bidder to design, build, finance and operate an Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital…...

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Consultant cleared of theft

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2004 An ophthalmic surgeon has been cleared of stealing money from the NHS by performing procedures on private patients at the hospital where he was employed as a consultant. Kalyan Chawla was suspended from his post at the Wrexham Maelor…...

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Further increase in contributions at HSF Health Plan

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) October 2004 The Hospital Saturday Fund, which now trades as HSF Health Plan, has seen total contributions increase by 10.6% in the year ended 31 March 2004. In a statement issued ahead of its Annual General Meeting later this month,…...

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US company wins £6m DH contract

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2004 Ovations Healthcare (UK), a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, has secured a £6m contract from the Department of Health (DH) to test out new ways of caring for cancer patients. Under the deal, the group will try out methods of…...

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Health tourist’s assets frozen

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2004 A so-called ‘health tourist’ has had his worldwide assets frozen and civil action taken against him for defrauding the NHS. Cairo businessman Albert Girgis is alleged to have travelled to and from Egypt since 1992 with the sole purpose…...

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Consultation on extended NHS ICR scheme

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) October 2004 The NHS could soon be able to recover costs from insurance companies for treating patients in cases where personal injury compensation is paid Plans outlined in a consultation document published last month would expand the NHS Injury Costs…...

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Extending choice or Hobson’s choice – Shadow Health Secretary attacks government initiative

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2004 The government’s Patient Choice programme will be controlled by bureaucracy and will not provide patients with genuine options about where to receive treatment, Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has claimed. Speaking at Laing & Buisson’s Annual PMI Conference last…...

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Herbal medicine and acupuncture

Healthcare Market News (Parliament) October 2004 Martin Linton (Lab) asked the Secretary of State for Health (14 September 2004: Column 1500W) when he proposes to make a draft order on the Regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture: Proposals for statutory regulation for consultation; and when…...

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