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The final programme for this year’s Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries (AMII) conference has been revealed. During the day there will be a number of seminar sessions including an examination of musculoskeletal conditions from Mark Sharpe, clinical development manager, Aviva. The relationship between work and health will be discussed by Simon Thompson and Mary Rafferty of Bupa, while AMII general secretary Michael Payne will provide an introduction to PMI for attendees wishing to learn more about opportunities in entering the market. The second sessions will include an introduction to cardiac disease & stroke from Chris Adams, commercial director, HCA International and a presentation from Dave Matthews of Bupa B2B Sales. The third session will see Martyn Anthony, head of specialist services at Bupa Wellness ask how, in the present economic climate, intermediaries can provide support to clients and identify solutions for employees’ health and wellbeing. Finally, Carl Carter, chairman of the Association of International Medical Insurance Providers and managing director of IMG Europe Ltd will speak. The conference is on Wednesday, 17 June at the Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel just outside Coventry. Further details about each session can be found at: www.campaignpartners.co.uk/amii

Lorica Consulting is once again supporting a charity golf day and is inviting both golfers and non-golfers alike to get involved in aid of the Neuroblastoma Society. Hosted at the prestigious Princes Golf Club, Sandwich Bay in Kent, the event is on the 28th August 2009 and is followed by a dinner and a charity auction. Teams of four are invited to take part, with a shotgun start at 12 noon. Non golfers are also welcome and can enjoy a group lesson with PGA professional Luke Dyer. The entry price is £400 per team of four, while donations and/or auction prizes are also welcome. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive childhood cancer with an appallingly low survival rate – just 30% of children who suffer the condition will survive for more than five years after diagnosis. Last year, £20,000 was raised on the day. Individuals or organisations wishing to support this year’s event should contact Nick Bushell at nbushell@lorica.com

Reforms designed to “slash costly bureaucracy” and restore access to NHS dentists have been announced by the Conservative party. The proposals include the creation of incentives for dentists to spend more time on preventative dental care, the reintroduction of dental screening for children in schools and charges for patients who repeatedly miss appointments. Taxpayer-trained dentists would have to work for the NHS for at least five years. It was reported in December that 1.2 million fewer people have seen an NHS dentist since new dentist contracts were introduced in 2006.

AEGON Scottish Equitable has launched a new initiative to help advisers highlight the importance of inheritance tax relief planning for business owners. The provider said advisers can now access a simple guide and step by step flowchart to help them understand business property tax relief and use it to their clients’ advantage. Business property relief enables many businesses to enjoy generous inheritance tax reliefs, potentially making them exempt or partially exempt from inheritance tax. For more information advisers should contact their local AEGON Scottish Equitable branch, or they can download the business property relief sales aid from www.aegonse.co.uk/adviser

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