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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Physiotherapy ‘ineffectual’ for mild back pain

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2004 Simple advice could be as effective as physiotherapy in the treatment of mild to moderate back pain. An article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2004;329:708) in September claimed there was little evidence to support the use of…...

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BUPA Middle East secures major Saudi contract

Healthcare Market News (Insurance News) October 2004 BUPA Middle East has fended off competition from four rival companies to secure a three year contract providing medical insurance cover to one of Saudi Arabia’s largest banks. The deal, which covers 8,000 employees at the Samba Financial…...

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GPs to commission services

Healthcare Market News (News) October 2004 GPs are to be given more power to directly commission services for their patients. Under measures announced by Health Minister John Hutton this month, primary care trusts (PCTs) will provide GPs with a notional pot of money, called an…...

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