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HC-One fined after resident eats cleaning tablets

Operator HC-One has been fined £270,000 after a resident who suffered symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease chewed chlorine tablets that led to his death. Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard how on 4 August 2015 a delivery of cleaning products was made to Lomond Court Care Home in Glenrothes, Fife. The products were left...

New Zealand: Ryman plans ambitious expansion

Ryman Healthcare has revealed details of an ambitious NZ$570m (US$371.5m) expansion plan in Auckland, Christchurch and Melbourne. New Zealand’s largest listed retirement village operator, is...

Bubb calls for end to institutional care following latest Panorama exposé

The head of the taskforce set up to review inpatient services for people with learning disabilities in the wake of the Winterbourne View scandal...

Think tank calls for free personal care before system collapses

The government has been urged to ‘overcome a legacy of failure on social care’ and reform the system before it faces collapse. In steps to...

Care home users being sent out of local area

Thousands of people are being sent away from their local area to receive residential care, Freedom of Information (FoI) figures have revealed. More than 28,000 care home service users had to leave their area in 2017/18, with some having to travel hundreds of miles. In one case a person was...

Regulator calls for action over segregation and seclusion

The care regulator is calling for ‘urgent action’ to strengthen safeguards that protect the safety, welfare and human rights of children and young people held in segregation. It has recommended an independent review to examine the quality of care, safeguards and plans for discharge of each person who is in...

Octopus secures site for care home

Octopus Real Estate has secured a site for an 80-bed care home in Blythe Valley Park in Solihull, West Midlands, subject to planning permission. The investor in healthcare facilities has exchanged contracts with IM Properties to purchase a 1.4-acre site in the development. Plans for the care home, including landscaping, have been submitted to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Blythe Valley Park is a two million sq ft mixed use business park surrounded by parkland and leisure facilities. Ashley Heath, in Octopus Real Estate’s healthcare development team, said: ‘The potential for a care home in...

Eden Futures appoints new chief executive

National supported living provider Eden Futures has promoted group chief operating officer Dawn Berry to the role of chief executive. Berry will succeed Andrew Lennox who, after five years leading the organisation, is returning to the healthcare sector. Berry’s appointment will be effective from Monday 1 July, with Lennox transitioning out of the role during June. Eden Futures chair Stephen Collier said: ‘Whilst we are sad to see Andrew move on, I am really pleased that Dawn has agreed to take on the role of CEO. This is an exciting time at Eden...

LaingBuisson dental report: the rise of private pay

New figures from LaingBuisson reveal that the value of the private dental market overtook NHS dentistry for the first time last year. To coincide with the launch of its latest report on the market, LaingBuisson in partnership with Christie & Co and Santander hosted a round-table discussion to find...

Bubb calls for end to institutional care following latest Panorama exposé

The head of the taskforce set up to review inpatient services for people with learning disabilities in the wake of the Winterbourne View scandal has called for immediate action to end institutional care after an investigation by BBC’s Panorama...

Circle ‘disappointed’ as judge rules on Nottingham Treatment Centre award

Circle Health has said it is ‘disappointed’ by Rushcliffe CCG’s decision to push ahead with handing over the contract to run the Nottingham Treatment Centre to a local trust after a High Court Judge lifted suspension of the contract award. Transfer of the £320m contract to Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) was put on hold earlier this year when Circle announced it...

New rehab centre to offer ‘affordable’ addiction programme

A new, day-care rehab centre for people with drug and alcohol addiction is launching in West London, with plans to roll out further sites across the UK. Help Me Stop says it will offer an affordable alternative to expensive residential rehab for self-pay customers. The first site in Acton is due to open in July but the centre, which bases...

Assura acquisition boosts pipeline as it announces robust results

Assura Group Plc has announced ‘robust’ results for the year ended 31 March 2019 and consolidated its position as the leading player in the increasingly competitive primary market with...

Proton Partners International opens third facility

Proton Partners International has officially opened its third Rutherford Cancer Centre in Bomarsund in Northumberland.  The new centre will serve patients from across the North East with proton beam technology...

The sk:n group acquires Destination Skin

The sk:n group has taken the first steps in its growth strategy since its acquisition by TriSpan in February after acquiring aesthetic skincare provider Destination Skin for an undisclosed...

New Zealand: Ryman plans ambitious expansion

Ryman Healthcare has revealed details of an ambitious NZ$570m (US$371.5m) expansion plan in Auckland, Christchurch and Melbourne. New Zealand’s largest listed retirement village operator, is planning to build a new NZ$150m retirement village at Kohimarama in Auckland. It will be its ninth in the area. The site is leasehold land...

Hong Kong: Union Medical issues positive profit alert

Union Medical Healthcare, the largest aesthetic medical service provider in Hong Kong, has said that it expects to record a more than 35% jump...

Germany: Ralf Bork named interim acting managing director of SHL Germany

Ralf Bork has been named interim acting managing director of medtech firm SHL Germany. He will take over from Martin Lehner who will be departing at the end of May. Bork...

India: Varian to acquire CTSI

NYSE-listed Varian Medical Systems is to acquire India’s Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI) from TPG Capital for US$283m. CTSI operates the American Oncology Institute in Hyderabad and 10 multidisciplinary – radiation, medical and...

Singapore: Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre finally finds a buyer

In a canny deal to acquire a medical aesthetics group that has long been on the market at a knockdown price, investment holding company JCG Investment is to take...

Kenya: CarePay International raises US$45m Series A

Dutch-African CarePay International has raised US$45m in Series A funding to deliver healthcare services using mobile technology. The new capital will be used to expand the company’s mobile health payments...

Germany: Alloheim acquires Pro Talis Gruppe

Nordic Capital-owned Alloheim, Germany’s second-largest nursing home operator, has acquired Meppen-based care operator Pro Talis Gruppe. Financial terms have not been disclosed. Pro Talis operates 14 senior citizens’ centres with more than 1,100 nursing beds, an ambulance service, two day-care centres and two assisted living facilities with a total of 54 apartments. Founed by Egbert Möller in 2003, the company...

Sweden: Medicover’s founder dies

Jonas af Jochnick, the founder of Swedish healthcare and diagnostics provider Medicover has died suddenly. He founded Oriflame Cosmetics together with his brother Robert in 1967. In the 1990s he invested in Medicover and since then was driving force behind the company's successful development from the first clinic in Poland to today's global operations and listed company. He has been active...

UAE: Healthcare cooperation talks held between UAE and UK

The Emirates Medical Group and Bee'ah have held talks with Britain’s department of health and social care (DHSC) to bring healthcare to the UAE. The chairman of both healthcare services organisation Emirates Medical Group and integrated environmental, recycling and waste management company Bee’ah met DHSC minister Nicola Blackwood to discuss healthcare cooperation. Emirates Medical Group and Bee'ah want to open up channels of investment in medical projects, exchange expertise and further advance the quality of healthcare. ‘The initial talks with the UK's Department of Health and Social Care aims to... create a...

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