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Press Releases 2006

ABHI's evidence included in Cooksey Review
The Cooksey Review, which was published and endorsed by Gordon Brown in his Pre-Budget Speech last Wednesday, has proposed a significant change in the way the UK deals with R&D and innovation and the delivery of healthcare.

Med-tech sector boosts UK performance in high-tech exports
The high-tech sector in the UK is experiencing a trade deficit according to new statistics released by Eurostat this week. The figures show that UK high-tech imports in 2004 were valued at almost 73 billion euros, while exports to the rest of the world totaled around 6.3 billion euros.

British innovation takes centre stage at Medica 2006
Over 250 UK medical technology companies will be exhibiting their products and services at Medica 2006 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Seventy-four of these companies will be part of the UK@Medica pavilion in hall 16, and will be supported by the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). These companies join thousands of others from around the world at the sector’s most important event this year.

Minister says DHL must deliver or NHS Logistics will be brought back in house
Health minister Andy Burnham MP today told a meeting at Labour Party conference that DHL must improve the performance of recently outsourced NHS Logistics, now NHS Supply Chain, or the courier service would not receive any benefit from the deal.

Hostile UK market deterring med-tech investment
A survey of UK medical technology companies has highlighted the slow rate of growth in sales and investment within the UK. With a 2.7% growth in UK sales, compared to a 7.7% increase in exports, in the first half of 2006.

DoH gives DHL and US purchasing giant Novation a mission to create a monopoly in NHS procurement
The Department of Health today announced its decision to go ahead with the outsourcing of the NHS Logistics Authority to DHL. Although not named in the DoH announcement it has been established that US purchasing giant Novation will perform the vital role of procurement of NHS supplies under this agreement.

ABHI backs Tory call for intelligent procurement
The Conservative’s Science and Technology Committee has called for public procurement to be used in a way that boosts innovation in the UK. In a leter to the Financial Times published on 18 August John Wilkinson has pointed out the damage that bad public sector procurement practices are already doing to our industry

ABHI urges Department of Health to rethink privatisation of NHS Logistics
The Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) is calling on the Department of Health to rethink urgently the planned take over of NHS Logistics by American group, Novation.

Julian Schild elected as new ABHI Chairman
Huntleigh Technology PLC Chairman Julian Schild was elected as the new ABHI Chairman at the annual council meeting yesterday. Julian replaces Medtronic’s Regional Vice-President for UK and Ireland Geoff Morris, who served three years as Chairman.

Director of Health Policy joins ABHI
Andy Taylor has joined the ABHI as Director - Healthcare Policy. Andy spent 15 years at the Department of Health and worked most recently on the expansion of NHS dental access centres and the devolution to the NHS of the powers to control NHS dentistry.

EAuctions could be costly to NHS
A study by the University of Oxford’s Regulatory Policy Institute has found that Department of Health claims about the savings that can be delivered through the use of reverse eAuctions are exaggerated. They also point out that the eAuction approach can, in fact, lead to higher prices or lower quality products being supplied which cost more in the long run.

ABHI 2006 Budget briefing for Industry
The chancellor Gordon Brown announced his tenth annual Budget this afternoon. As expected it was more of a “tinkering” Budget than full of radical reforms with no major policy changes or tax hikes. However the Chancellor did use the Budget as an opportunity to reinforce his status with the new Conservative leader David Cameron.

New ABHI Contrast Media Group highlights gulf in radiology services between UK and rest of Europe
A new medical technology working group, the Contrast Media Special Interest Section (CMSIS), was launched today by the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI).

New Health Technologies Knowledge Transfer Network launched
Sir Christopher O’Donnell , Chief Executive of Smith and Nephew, launched a new DTI sponsored initiative at the Institute of Physics in London yesterday with Alan Suggett (Chair) and Sue Dunkerton (Director).

Central procurement is bad for patients and UK industry
The government argues that the creation of a market in healthcare provision, and greater independence for NHS trusts, will result in a better service for the patient and less cost to the taxpayer through greater quality and efficiency. However, this logic seems to be reversed when it comes to NHS procurement of medical technology.

Arab Health 2006
Following the success of last year’s event 58 UK companies are exhibiting in the ABHI Pavilion (Hall 8) at Arab Health 2006, a four-day exhibition which starts on Sunday in Dubai.

NHS tariff needs to be revised
In a letter to The Guardian newspaper John Wilkinson, ABHI Director General, addresses the issue behind Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust's decision to remove non-urgent patients from the waiting list for EP ablation opeations.

Tony Blair highlights benefits of medical technology
ABHI has welcomed the Prime Minister’s comments this week on the advantages that advances in medical technology have delivered for both patients and the NHS.