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Care workforce urged to help shape women’s health strategy

Social care workers are being urged to respond to a call for evidence that will help shape a women’s health strategy. Minister for Care Helen Whately and chief nurse for adult social care Professor Deborah Sturdy met with women working in the sector to discuss health issues affecting them. During a...

Rise in portfolio value at Impact Healthcare driven by investments

The value of Impact Healthcare REIT’s property portfolio increased 2% over the first three months of the year, with investments in acquisitions driving the growth. The investor’s property portfolio was independently valued at £427m at 31 March 2021 (31 December 2020: £418.8m), an increase of £8.2m, or 2% in the...

Andy Cole replaces Maria Ball as National Care Forum chair

Andy Cole has been appointed as chair of the National Care Forum (NCF) board. He has succeeded Maria Ball, Quantum Care chief executive, who had held the post since 2017. Ball will remain on the board of directors. Cole is chief executive of Royal Star & Garter, a long-standing member of...

MPs to examine catastrophic care costs faced by people with dementia

An inquiry into the poor experiences of the social care system faced by people living with dementia and their carers has been launched by a committee of MPs. Catastrophic costs, difficulty accessing care, poor quality support and how the system can be reformed will be examined by the health and social care committee, with the first evidence session to be held next week. There are around 885,000 people living with dementia in the UK with many relying on support from the social care system. The inquiry builds on the committee’s report in...

Registration fee structure causing ‘discontent’

The Welsh government is being urged by the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) to waive registration fees for homecare workers this year. In April 2020, homecare workers in Wales were required to become registered with the regulator, Social Care Wales, to work in the sector. A voluntary registration fee of £20, increased to £25 and has now risen to a compulsory £30 per care worker. The fee only applies to homecare workers. Staff in care homes are not required to register until October 2022, nor are other people working in social care....

Healthcare real estate investment falls but remains strong, says report

Investment in UK healthcare real estate last year was almost half the total of 2019 but ‘significant appetite’ remains, research by Savills has revealed. Investors placed £1.6bn into healthcare real estate in 2020, 47% lower than the £3.1bn invested the year previous, but 7% higher than 2018’s volume. Its UK Healthcare...

New hospital director at One Hatfield

One Healthcare has appointed Claire Armstrong as hospital director of its Hatfield site. Armstrong has 11 years’ experience working in the private hospital sector, including hospital management, business development, contract management and insurer engagement.   She joins One Healthcare from BMI...

Apposite Capital strengthens team with four new additions

Apposite Capital, the healthcare specialist private equity investor, has reconfigured its team with a number of appointments. John Morley, now operating as the talent and human capital director, takes on a newly created role designed to further expand Apposite’s talent pool and access new skills and capabilities to support the growth of its portfolio companies. Christian Schenk and Sahil Shah, appointed...

‘Elective accelerators’ announced as numbers waiting reach 5 million

NHS England (NHSE) has announced a £160m programme to help tackle rising waits as the latest NHS performance figures show the numbers waiting for routine surgery have reached record levels. The so-called ‘elective accelerators’ will launch a number of initiatives over the next three months, including a high-volume cataract service, one stop testing facilities and pop-up clinics. The idea is to...

PHP remains robust despite competitive acquisition landscape

Primary Health Properties (PHP) has said it is in a strong position for future growth following solid progress in the first quarter. In a trading update, the specialist healthcare...

Lister Fertility expands with satellite clinics

Lister Fertility Clinic, part of HCA Healthcare UK, has launched outpatient fertility clinics in Buckinghamshire and London. The two new clinics, Lister Fertility Clinic at the Beaconsfield Clinic and Lister...

The London Clinic expands robotic surgery offering

The London Clinic has announced plans to roll its advanced robotic surgery capabilities out to more specialties in a bid to develop a centre of excellence in robotics at...

Egypt: Egypt’s healthcare sector the biggest in the region

Egypt’s healthcare sector is changing. It may lag behind its neighbours in the MENA region, but it is starting to catch up fast and that presents opportunities for investors. Mansoor Ahmed, director (MENA), healthcare, education, PPP and development solutions at Colliers MENA looks at the current state of the...

Australia: CBA buys Whitecoat in acceleration of digital healthcare plans

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has acquired health technology provider Whitecoat. The acquisition will see the firm brought into CBA’s Business Bank and supports its focus on a growing healthcare sector and a strategic priority as it pursues ambitions to provide the country’s healthcare customers with the best digital end-to-end payment, claiming and directory solution. Whitecoat operates Australia’s largest digital healthcare services directory providing patients the ability to locate and book appointments with over 300,000 health service providers. Whitecoat also provides digital payment and claims capabilities for Medicare, private health...

Developing healthcare in Indonesia

New rules allow 100% foreign ownership of hospitals and major clinics in Indonesia.  This will open up investment, especially from Asian healthcare businesses, to improve local healthcare and potentially reduce outbound medical travel. Ian Youngman assesses the changes. A key reason that Indonesians go overseas for local healthcare, mostly to...

Malta to open to vaccinated travellers in June

Malta plans to fully open in June for all countries, as long as travellers have proof of vaccination. Malta is currently open to tourists, but is categorising countries as green, amber or red.  It plans to fully open in June for all countries as long as they have proof of vaccination. Travellers from amber list countries require a negative PCR test unless people have been fully vaccinated over 14 days earlier-  with no quarantine. Red list countries need to present a negative PCR test issued no later than 10 days from...

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