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Mencap and UNISON call for wage reforms

Mencap and UNISON are calling for immediate reform of minimum wage laws affecting care workers.   In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the learning disability charity and union argue ‘action is needed urgently’ to amend rules so sleep-in shifts are defined as working time and paid properly. Last month, the...

Burlington Care posts rising revenue as it grows portfolio

Burlington Care plans to develop its business through the acquisition of care providers and expanding its exiting facilities. Its financial report said it would continue to invest in its estate, upgrading, improving and creating more space. The provider, which has more than 30 care homes across Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and...

‘Compromises required’ when reforming social care

Reform of the social care sector will take several years and require compromise from all sides due to a lack of consensus on what path to take. Speaking during a webinar about preparing for the new normal, Simon Bottery, senior fellow social care at the King’s Fund, said there was...

Representative body calls for £7bn injection into social care

Care England has called for the government to inject an annual £7bn increase in social care funding as a starting point for reform.  In its submission to the housing communities and local government select committee inquiry into the long-term funding of the sector, the representative body said extra money alone would not remedy the system. In March, the committee launched an inquiry to investigate how Covid-19 has impacted the sector and its long-term funding needs following the pandemic. In 2018/19, adult social care accounted for 41% of local authority expenditure. Pressures on...

CareLineLive secures £1.2m to support expansion

Homecare management software company CareLineLive has raised £1.2m to support its national and international expansion. The investment, led by Haatch Ventures, will see CareLineLive’s headcount grow across the company and accelerate expansion into international markets. Around 10% of its customers are outside the UK, including Australia, Malta and Zimbabwe. The backing follows a £175,000 grant from the UK’s innovation agency to support a research-led software development project. CareLineLive’s software aims to increase efficiency, capacity, compliance and communication between managers and carers by digitising their workflows. The growth capital will also enable it to...

Proposed regulation of non-surgical aesthetics sector gathers momentum

The Joint Council for Cosmetic Procedures (JCCP) has reported an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response to its ten-point action plan aimed at bringing about the regulation of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. More than 400 individuals and organisations have responded to the action plan since its publication in March and JCCP chair Professor David...

Covid closures impact earnings at Portman Healthcare

UK dental group Portman Healthcare has reported a small increase in turnover for 2020 but said EBITDA was impacted by practice closures and interruption to acquisitions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. The company, which is backed by Core Equity Holdings, acquired 28 practices...

The end of indemnity?

Legal liability for consultants remains a thorny issue for the private hospital sector in the post-Paterson age but a collective approach is needed to find a solution, according to panellists at LaingBuisson’s latest webinar   The independent healthcare sector needs to work collaboratively and across sector boundaries to help ensure better protection for patients when things go wrong, delegates at LaingBuisson’s...

Mental health reform: ambitious and necessary change

Tim Read, director, UK and Europe healthcare advisory Marwood Group examines the potential impact of long overdue mental health reform This is why that the publication of the Independent Review into the Mental Health Act 1983 in December 2018 felt like a significant moment for the sector. Eighteen months in the making, stretching to over 300 pages and containing 154 recommendations,...

Independent providers need role in NHS recovery as waits reach record high

Independent sector healthcare providers will need to play a ‘significant role’ in the NHS recovery, the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) said today after new figures revealed NHS waiting...

Babylon said to be in merger talks ahead of possible US listing

Babylon Health is reported to be in talks with US based Alkuri Global Acquisition Corporation ahead of a possible $4bn (£2.9bn) listing in the US. According to a report on...

Expansion boosts earnings for NI hospital operator

Northern Ireland’s largest private healthcare provider 3fivetwo Medical Group has reported strong growth in EBITDA following expansion in 2019. The company, which operates a number of clinics and the Kingsbridge...

China: Hanyu Medical files listing application for Hong Kong IPO

China medtech company, Shanghai Hanyu Medical Technology has filed a listing application on the Hong Kong stock exchange in anticipation of raising fresh capital via an IPO. CICC and Citigroup are named as sponsors. Hanyu Medical Technology specialises in the research, development and commercialisation of medical devices in the field...

Germany: Gimv partners with Apraxon to support the company’s growth ambitions

Belgian investment company Gimv has completed its investment into the Apraxon Group, a homecare provider focusing on wound care services in Germany. This transaction is part of a joint growth plan with the company’s founder and CEO Oliver Pokrzewinski, who remains as a shareholder in the company. Apraxon offers high quality wound care for (mostly elderly) people suffering from chronic wounds in a homecare setting such as decubitus, diabetic foot or ulcus cruris. In a market with steadily increasing patient numbers, largely due to an aging population, specialized medical care is...

Row erupts over Caymans medical tourism cities

Can the Caymans really sustain two major medical tourism and local care hospitals, plus other private hospitals and clinics?  Ian Youngman considers the local game playing, politics, personal agendas and high finance involved in the country’s existing and proposed medical tourism cities. Doctors Hospital in the Caymans has recently launched...

Qatar’s Traditional Arabic Islamic Medicine plan

Qatar is planning to have the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Islamic Medicine (TAIM), at the Zulal Wellness Resort, opening in 2022. Qatar has transformed itself over the past two decades from a relatively unknown Gulf State to a prominent player on the world stage. Exploiting its significant oil and gas reserves, it has embarked on one of the largest and most ambitious infrastructure programmes in the world to deliver its 2030 Qatar National Vision. Qatar’s aim, with the world’s first centre for TAIM, is to make the Khasooma, a...

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