National Health Service

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National Health Service. Launched in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the largest publicly funded healthcare system in the world. It is run by the UK Department of Health and politically accountable to central Government. The NHS provides free care to all eligible individuals living in any of the four countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The NHS (which includes Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, NHS [England], NHS Scotland, and NHS Wales) is the fourth largest employer in the world (after the Chinese Army, Wal-Mart and the Indian Railways).


Abbreviation for:
NHS (Scotland)

National Health Service

British medicine The 50+-yr-old UK government agency that controls the British form of socialized medicine. See Fund holding, Total purchasing.
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NHS Supply Chain, operated by DHL's logistics business on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority, manages the entire supply chain for core products.
Because of the withdrawal of the NHS Business Services Authority from dental practice inspections, new arrangements have had to be put in place in Wales.
More Than was named North East Contact Centre of the Year for centres with over 250 seats while NHS Business Services Authority won the equivalent award for smaller centres with fewer than 250 seats.
uk WINNER: EMMA VINTER RBS INSURANCE, CHURCHILL Runners-up: Claire Harvey - More Than Dominic Gregson - NHS Business Services Authority Judges' comments Emma''s application impressed the judges as it demonstrated an outstanding and creative personal philosophy for people development which delivers time and time again for her colleagues.
The NHS Business Services Authority provides a range of services essential to the everyday operation of the NHS and has a challenging programme of work to transform the delivery of their services over the next few years.
As part of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Programme (PIPP) the Department of Health and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) wish to procure an emergency stockpile of Medical Consumables to be distributed in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak or any other health related emergency across the UK.
Public Sector Finance Team of the Year - NHS Business Services Authority.
These included: Contact Centre Dream Team: Forecasting, Planning & Management Information Team - NHS Business Services Authority.
uk Winner: Stephanie Crozier - NHS Business Services Authority Runners-Up Kim Gallagher - Future Pension Centre Hayley Smith - HM Revenue & Customs Nick Myers - London Pension Centre Judges' Comments Stephanie's application demonstrated first class customer experience and her ability to go that extra mile to support both her colleagues and organisation to achieve outstanding results.
The court was told he had been working in the prescription pricing division (PPD) of the NHS business services authority at the time of the deception - between August and October 2007 - after a temping agency placed him in the job.
A statement from the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA), which runs the PPD, said: "The consideration of potential options is at an early stage and no decisions have been made.
Under a new NHS Business Services Authority the Dental Practice Board, NHS Logistics, the Prescription Pricing Authority and the NHS Pensions Agency would all be subject to privatisation.