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Groups claim mental capacity bill makes ‘unjustifiable assumptions’

Concerns have been raised by care sector organisations about a revised impact assessment concerning changes to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which is progressing through parliament. The groups argue that the latest impact assessment continues to make assumptions that could lead to a badly implemented law. Analysis of the original...

Children’s social care reform ‘painfully slow’, MPs conclude

The Department for Education needs to do more work in reforming the quality and finances of children’s social care. A group of MPs has concluded...

Civitas signs deals worth more than £85m

Civitas Social Housing plc has bought 19 social housing properties comprising 266 tenancies for £73.5m and exchanged contracts on two further premises for £12.1m. Completion...

Profits slide after tough regulatory year for Runwood Homes

Profits slipped at operator Runwood Homes after an ‘unprecedented’ number of inspections and subsequent suspensions were placed on its care homes last year. Its financial...

Retirement communities help residents’ physical and mental health, study reveals

Older people living in retirement communities benefit from improved physical and mental health, a study has revealed. Researchers found that residents living in the communities were more physically active, had improved memory, were less anxious and hardly ever lonely. The study, which was commissioned by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust, extends on...

Care Software Providers Association launches

An organisation has been created to promote the use of digital technologies in the social care sector. The Care Software Providers Association will also focus on improving digital information flow to allow for more openness and transparency, lobby organisations and government, and create standards for members to follow. Founded by Person...

Tough trading environment leads to static UK revenue at Tunstall

Challenging trading conditions led to static UK revenue at Tunstall Healthcare Group Ltd but the pipeline for new opportunities remains strong, its financial report has said. Revenue in the UK stood at £67.7m (2017: £67.7m) in the year ended 30 September 2018, with trade helped by its connected care managed services market, which saw a growth in customers. The group, which provides technology-enabled care to both the private and public sectors, said local authorities were increasingly taking an interest in outsourced solutions. ‘The market’s increased interest in managed service solutions is driven...

Lack of workforce plan putting strain on care sector

Care providers should come up with solutions to deal with workforce issues because there is no realistic plan being introduced by government, a report has concluded. The workforce study found the social care sector, which employs 1.47 million people, was facing a staffing crisis with a shortage of half a million workers over the next decade. It said one in three workers are leaving the sector every year – the highest staff turnover rate of all industries in the UK. The 46-page document, by trade body Care Association Alliance and law firm Royds...

Strong growth in patient numbers drives performance at Calea

Calea UK, the home healthcare and pharmaceutical business owned by Fresenius, reported a 16% leap in turnover to £62.6m in the year to 31 December 2018. The directors said the improved performance had been driven by strong growth in patient numbers, which were up 13% on an annualised basis. Turnover growth...

Talking therapy in the virtual space

Talking therapy is moving off the couch and into the virtual space and the independent sector is leading the way. Dr Michelle Tempest, partner at health and social care strategy consultancy Candesic looks at mental health policy and examines...

CCGs restricting access to common elective procedures

Fresh evidence has emerged that CCGs are restricting access to some of the most common elective procedures in a bid to cut costs. Research from the Medical Technology Group (MTG), which campaigns for better access to medical technologies, found that NHS commissioners are increasingly rationing access to cataract surgery, hip and knee replacement operations, hernia repairs and glucose monitoring for...

BMI to close two hospitals

BMI Healthcare is set to close two of its sites in the next two months due to current and anticipated decline in patient demand. The private hospital group, which was taken under the ownership of its landlords at the end of last year following South African parent company Netcare’s decision to exit the UK market, said it would close the...

Cleveland Clinic London to treat first patients in 2020

Cleveland Clinic London will begin treating its first patients next year after agreeing the lease for an outpatient facility at 24 Portland Place in the Harley Street medical area. The...

PHP announces first acquisition following MedicX merger

Primary Health Properties (PHP) has announced its first acquisition following completion of its merger with fellow healthcare REIT MedicX. Under the deal, PHP has contracted to acquire, by way of...

Newcross reports another strong year of growth

Nursing recruitment agency Newcross Healthcare Solutions said 2018 was another year of strong concerted growth as turnover increased by 10% to £116.2m. The company has continued to expand its branches...

Netherlands: Smile acquires Oldelft Ultrasound

European investment company Smile Invest has taken a majority stake in Delft-based Oldelft Ultrasound from European investment company Gimv. Financial terms have not been disclosed. Oldelft is the only independent global manufacturer of transesophageal echocardiography ultrasound probes, which are used in the adult, paediatric and neonatal cardio markets for diagnosis...

Germany: Brainlab acquires Medineering

Munich-based medtech company Brainlab has acquired Medineering, a developer of application-specific robotic technologies, which is also based in Munich. Financial terms have not been...

France: RGdS launches €625m capital increase

Ramsay Générale de Santé (RGdS), the French subsidiary of Ramsay Health Care, has launched a €625m (US$707 million) capital increase on Euronext Paris. The deal will increase the company’s share...

Dubai: VPS Healthcare rethinks London IPO plans

Abu Dhabi-based VPS Healthcare has reconsidered plans to float in London citing uncertainty surrounding Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. The hospital operator had intended to follow in the footsteps...

France: Teladoc Health to acquire MédecinDirect

NYSE-listed Teladoc Health is to acquire Paris-based telemedicine provider MédecinDirect. Financial terms have not been disclosed. Founded in Paris in 2008 by François Lescure and Marc Guillemot, MédecinDirect is a...

Dubai: Faisal inks joint venture with Asisa Group

Investment holding company Faisal Holding has signed a joint venture with Spanish dental giant Asisa Group to grow a network of clinics in the region. The project, which has a...

India: Fortis appoints Ashutosh Raghuvanshi as CEO

Fortis Healthcare, India’s second largest private hospital chain, has appointed Ashutosh Raghuvanshi as managing director and chief executive with immediate effect for a period of three years. Raghuvanshi, is a cardiac surgeon turned management leader. After completing his MS in general surgery from MGIMS, he went on to do MCH in cardiac surgery from the University of Bombay. Over the last...

UAE: Saudi German Hospital to open facility in Ajman

Saudi German Hospitals Group is to open a Dhs300m (US$81.7m) healthcare facility in Ajman which will be the biggest in the capital of the emirate of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates. Spanning over 41,062 square meters, the 200-bed hospital will commence operations soon. With 46 OPD clinics and over 20 specialities, Saudi German Hospital, Ajman, will be the group’s...

France: Doctolib raises €150m Series E funding

Paris-based e-health company Doctolib has raised €150m (US$170.2m) Series E funding led by global growth equity firm General Atlantic, along with existing investors Eurazeo, Bpifrance, Kernel and Accel, as well as several German healthcare entrepreneurs. It is now valued at over €1 billion which makes it Europe’s newest unicorn. "Our mission has been the same since day one: to make our health system more human, efficient and connected and to build a society of thousands of people united around humanist values,” said Stanislas Niox-Chateau, co-founder and president of Doctolib. “We believe...

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