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Demand grows for children’s services and special education

The children’s services sector has grown by more than a quarter over the past decade, with many children and young people presenting with complex and multi-layered needs. As of 31 March 2018, LaingBuisson estimates that 95,855 children were being looked after in care in the UK, with the sector growing...

Faults found over treatment of foster parents

The ombudsman has criticised a council’s social work practice following the removal of two children from a foster couple who wanted to adopt them. An...

Terra Firma in negotiations to offload brighterkind, suggests report

Guy Hands is in talks to sell 24 care homes to real estate investor Patron Capital Partners, Sky News has reported. It said Hands’ Terra...

Over 65s prioritise location when choosing a home

Location is the most important factor for the over 65s when choosing a property, research from Knight Frank has shown. Its Senior Living Survey found...

CCQ must change inspection methods, its chief executive tells MPs

The care regulator must change its inspection methods but cannot guarantee that abuse in closed environments will not happen, its chief executive has told a group of MPs. Ian Trenholm told the Human Rights Committee on Wednesday (12 June) that following BBC’s Panorama investigation into alleged abuse at Whorlton Hall,...

Sweden: Oversubscription for Ambea’s rights issue

Almost all of the shares offered in Ambea's SKr1.2bn (US$124.8m) two-for-five rights issue have been taken up. The largest care provider in the Nordic region said that 99.9% of the shares on offer have been subscribed for. And there were more than double the applications for subscription without subscription rights. Ambea...

Innovation fund to develop support for unpaid carers

A £5m fund has been set up to invest in innovative ways of supporting unpaid carers, outside of mainstream health and care services. The Carers Innovation Fund aims to improve support across the country and help build more carer-friendly communities. Money will be used for projects such as carers’ cafes and short courses to help reduce isolation. The voluntary sector, charities, SMEs and commercial organisations can all bid for funding to help set up their concept, with the aim of securing longer term finance from other sources. To secure funding, applicants will need...

Racial disparity in people raising care concerns

Black and minority ethnic (BME) people are less likely to raise concerns about the standard of care they receive than those from a non-BME background. Research for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found almost half of BME people with a previous mental health problem (48%) wanted to raise concerns about mental health services. This compared to 13% of non-BME people with a mental health problem. Additionally, 84% of BME people with a mental health problem wanted to highlight issues or make complaints about the standard of their care more generally, in...

CCQ must change inspection methods, its chief executive tells MPs

The care regulator must change its inspection methods but cannot guarantee that abuse in closed environments will not happen, its chief executive has told a group of MPs. Ian Trenholm told the Human Rights Committee on Wednesday (12 June) that following BBC’s Panorama investigation into alleged abuse at Whorlton Hall,...

Cosmetic treatment provider sk:n posts operating loss

Cosmetic treatment and skincare specialist sk:n said the ramp-up of new clinics was behind the small dip EBITDA posted in the year ended 31 August 2018. The company, which was acquired by mid-market private equity group TriSpan in February this...

Online doctor firm raises $32m for expansion

London-based online doctor service Zava has raised $32m in Series A funding to accelerate its growth in the UK, Germany and France. The funding round was led by growth equity firm HPE Growth and will be used to build the company’s team and expand its offering in new and existing markets, initially in Europe and then globally. Founded in 2011, Zava provides...

Chiswick medical centre announces opening of new one-stop breast unit

Chiswick Medical Centre, part of HCA Healthcare UK, has announced the opening of a new one-stop breast unit. The unit, which includes some of the latest imaging technology, will provide patients with fast access to diagnosis and the option to self-refer. It will offer the full spectrum of breast assessment, the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast diseases,...

Bupa extends comprehensive mental health cover for individuals

Bupa is launching what it has described as the UK’s most extensive mental health cover for individual PMI subscribers. The new package follows the launch of the insurer’s Business Mental...

Totally announces £2.5m worth of contract extensions

Totally plc has announced a number of contract extensions worth a total of £2.5m. The contract extensions are across its wholly-owned subsidiaries About Health Limited, a leading provider of...

Waiting times review must not dilute standards, warn MPs

MPs have warned NHS England (NHSE) not to use its review of waiting times to ‘water down’ standards and make failing targets easier to meet. In a far-reaching report on...

UAE: Construction of Saudi German Hospital in Dammam complete

Construction of the Saudi German Hospital (SGH) in Dammam, Saudi Arabia has finished.  The hospital provider, Middle East Healthcare Company added that the installation of medical and other equipment had also been completed. The hospital’s opening date will be announced following approval from Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health. The facility was built...

India: Disha Medical Services raises US$4m Series C

Bengaluru-based eye care chain Disha Medical Services has raised Rs278m (US$4m) in Series C funding led by Insitor Impact Asia Fund, the Nilekani Family...

Hong Kong: Shanghai Kindly Medical Instruments plans HK IPO

Shanghai Kindly Medical Instruments (SKMI), a Chinese manufacturer of cardiovascular interventional devices, is planning an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The subsidiary of Shanghai Kindly Enterprise Development manufactures...

Germany: noma-med joins KMT Medical

Home healthcare company noma-med is to join US-based KMT Medical, an international group of companies that provide home healthcare services to consumers. Established in 1994, noma-med delivers products and services...

Sweden: Oversubscription for Ambea’s rights issue

Almost all of the shares offered in Ambea's SKr1.2bn (US$124.8m) two-for-five rights issue have been taken up. The largest care provider in the Nordic region said that 99.9% of the...

Switzerland: Thomas Schinecker named chief executive of Roche Diagnostics

Swiss drug manufacturer Roche has named Thomas Schinecker as chief executive of Roche Diagnostics. He replaces Michael Heuer who retires at the end of July. “I am delighted that we...

Romania: Medlife boosts war chest

Romania’s largest private medical operator Medlife has raised its credit limit by €15m (US$17m) to develop its acquisition programme. The syndicate of banks for accessing the credit consists of the Romanian Commercial Bank as coordinator, principal arranger, facilitation agent and guarantor and financier, BRD Groupe Société Générale, Raiffeisen Bank and Banca Transilvania, as arrangers and financiers. According to the company's representatives,...

Global: Medical costs outpace inflation

According to the Mercer Marsh Benefits (MMB) 2019 Medical Trends Around the World report, medical costs continue to outpace general inflation by almost three times, with the global average hitting 9.7% last year. A similar increase is expected this year and even higher for 2020. As the cost of health benefit programmes continues to rise globally, employers have the opportunity...

China: Jinxin launches US$390m IPO

Fertility services provider Jinxin Fertility Group has launched its up to HK$3.05bn (US$389m) IPO in Hong Kong. It is selling 357 million primary shares, or 15% of the enlarged share capital, at an indicative range of HK$7.76 to HK$8.54 per share. Four cornerstone investors have come in for US$150m: Hillhouse Capital, Ally Bridge, OrbiMed and Cormorant Capital. Founded 20 years ago in Chengdu, Jinxin Fertility was the first medical institution to be licensed by the Ministry of Health to offer human assisted reproductive services in Sichuan Province and the first assisted reproductive...

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