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Press Releases 2008

Minster visits highlights importance of medical technology sector
Gareth Thomas MP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Consumer Affairs visited the ABHI run UK Pavilion at the Medica exhibition in Dusseldorf on 20 November 2008.

NICE issues positive guidance on spinal cord stimulation
In a Technology Appraisal Guidance issued today the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) concludes that spinal cord stimulation in the management of chronic pain of neuropathic origin can be considered a “cost-effective use of NHS resources”.

ABHI elects new Chairman
The ABHI Council has elected Geoff Cox of Huntleigh Healthcare to chair the UK’s leading healthcare industry association for the next three years. Geoff is managing director of Huntleigh in the UK and also sits on the ArjoHuntleigh global management team.

ABHI announces new chief executive
The ABHI Executive today announced the appointment of Peter Ellingworth as the new Chief Executive of the ABHI.

ABHI welcomes Darzi’s recommendations on innovation and access
Lord Darzi’s NHS Next Stage Review Final Report states that innovation must be central to the NHS.

ABHI calls for leadership in fight against Healthcare Associated Infections
ABHI Chairman Peter Ellingworth has called upon the Department of Health to show leadership and take ownership of the issues in the battle against MRSA, clostridium difficile and other HAIs.

Med-tech companies bring UK innovation to the Chinese market
Eight British medical technology companies are travelling to China seeking new markets for their cutting edge products. The UK Pavilion at the China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) in Shenzhen will be showcasing these innovative companies and their products in Hall 2, Stand no. G11 from 18-21 April 2008.

ABHI welcomes support for innovative SMEs in the 2008 Budget
The ABHI has welcomed moves by the Chancellor in his budget statement on 12 March 2008 to create a public sector that is more accessible to innovative small and medium sized companies (SME).

New role for ABHI Director General
ABHI Director General John Wilkinson is to leave ABHI after 4 years at the UK’s leading medical technology industry association. John is leaving to become Director General of Eucomed, the European medical technology industry association.