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Deprivation of Liberty

Partner and national head of public law and human rights Yogi Amin and trainee solicitor Elizabeth Passey-Heaton, of Irwin Mitchell, discuss a recent ruling regarding 16- and 17-year-olds being deprived of liberty A recent Supreme Court judgment will mean that 16- and 17-years-olds who lack mental capacity to consent to...

City & County buys The Human Support Group

City & County has bought homecare services specialist The Human Support Group (HSG) for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1998, Manchester-headquartered HSG provides domiciliary care,...

Dementia care costs to treble over next two decades

The cost of social care for people with dementia will nearly treble over the next 20 years, research has revealed. While the number of people...

Lifeways Group implements 20/20 strategy

Lifeways Group is implementing a performance improvement programme to transform the way it provides services. The group has gone through ‘significant transformation’ as part of...

Navigating market dynamics

Jonathan Sparey and Eilert Hinrichs, partners at L.E.K. Consulting, explain why the private sector is critical to meeting the growing demand for looked after children services Demand for looked after children (LAC) services in England is rising, and the role of the independent sector is increasingly critical in meeting the...

Contact time

There are calls for changes to the amount of contact time children in care should have with birth parents who have abused them. Alistair Kleebauer investigates More than half of parents who have fostered, adopted or cared for a child have had to take a child to see a birth...

Charity calls for £8bn to stabilise social care services

The next government must invest £8bn over the next 24 months to stabilise exiting social care services, a charity has warned. Age UK said emergency injections of public money to avert a collapse of the system could not continue, and a longer-term plan was needed. In an election manifesto, the charity said 1.5 million older people in England have some unmet need for care, ranging from help with washing, dressing and using the toilet to more intensive support in a residential setting. It estimates this number will rise to 2.1 million by...

Think tank calls for ‘bold reform’ agenda to help tackle social care ‘crisis’

A package of interventions covering funding, workforce and ethical commissioning has been proposed to help reform adult social care. A report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called for ‘a bold reform agenda’ that includes the next government committing to providing additional funding of up to £20bn per year by 2030, to help with the introduction of free personal care. Funded out of increases in general taxation (either national insurance or income tax), £2bn of this new settlement (over a five-year period) should be top-sliced to create...

Private Acute Healthcare Conference 2019: Quality talks

As the IHPN publishes its new Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework and the Bishop of Norwich Inquiry prepares to report its findings, quality and safety in the independent healthcare sector remained top of the bill at LaingBuisson’ annual Private Acute Healthcare Conference.  Maria Davies and Kelsey Rees report from an...

Private acute hospital market suffers second year of contraction

The value of the private acute medical care hospitals and clinics market contracted for the second year running in 2018 when it was worth an estimated £5.8bn, according to figures published today by LaingBuisson. NHS spending on independent acute services...

CQC inspection report paints ‘inaccurate picture’, says Cygnet

Cygnet has hit out at a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report which rated one of its services as ‘inadequate’.  It described the inspection report of Cygnet Acer Clinic, in Chesterfield, which provides care and treatment for female patients with personality disorder and who self-harm, as ‘inaccurate’.  The inspection was carried out in August following a number of concerns and a...

Rapid Prostate Clinic launches at the Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK, has launched a Rapid Prostate Clinic offering patients same day testing and diagnosis for those with an elevated Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA). The clinic will use multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) scanning for the prostate, which can locate, identify and diagnose the cause of prostate symptoms. This, combined with blood and urological tests, provides an...

IHPN: Framework for the future

The launch of the Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework is a landmark moment for a sector focused on quality and safety, says IHPN CEO David Hare Leading the Independent Healthcare Providers...

Occupancy and revenue fall at Nightingale

A fall in occupancy rates has coincided with an 8% dip in revenue at central-London psychiatric hospital Florence Nightingale. The Marylebone-based facility, which trades as Nightingale Hospital, reported occupancy rates...

Liva Healthcare kicks off global expansion with five new hires

Digital health platform Liva Healthcare has expanded its team with five executive hires across both its UK and Denmark offices. The hires are to scale up with existing clients, expand...

France: Cousin Medical acquires FR2D

Turenne-owned medical devices manufacture Cousin Medical has acquired surgical equipment distributor France Rachis Distribution et Developpement (FR2D). Financial terms have not been disclosed. Founded in 2009 and located near Bordeaux, FR2D is a distributor implants and equipment for spinal surgery. Cousin Medical Group has been working with FR2D since 2009 and...

Moldova: MedLife consolidates position in Moldova

MedLife, the largest private medical operator in Romania, has consolidated its position in Moldova with the acquisition of a majority stake in Micromedica Medical...

Australia: Avita Medical raises A$120m

Regenerative med-tech group Avita Medical has raised A$120m (US$82.1m) in an institutional placement to fund pipeline development of new indications. The company sold 203.4 million shares at A$0.59 per share...

Germany: Aedifica continues German expansion

Belgian healthcare REIT Aedifica is continuing its aggressive expansion policy in Germany with an agreement to buy two operational care homes and a healthcare site to be constructed for...

Saudi Arabia: Nala raises US$1m in funding and launches AI platform

Saudi Arabian digital health service Nala has launched the world’s first artificial intelligence platform that enables instant medical diagnosis in Arabic. This platform will be an addition to Nala's current...

France: Hoppen acquires Télécom Services

Rennes-based Hoppen, a provider of IT services to the medical sector, has acquired Télécom Services, France’s leading operator of digital TV services in hospitals. Financial terms have not been disclosed. Matthieu...

India: Medanta opens 1,000 bed hospital in Lucknow

Indian hospital chain Medanta has opened a 1,000-bed super-speciality hospital in Lucknow. The hospital, constructed by Tata Projects, will comprise cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology, gastroenterology, urology, orthopaedics, radiology, transfusion medicine, pulmonary medicine, medical oncology, internal medicine, and endocrinology, among others. "Medanta was envisioned as a synthesis of the wealth of traditional knowledge of the east and advancements of modern medicine....

Switzerland: Ameos acquires KKO

Quadriga Capital and The Carlyle Group-backed Swiss hospital group Ameos Group has acquired the Katholisches Klinikum Oberhausen (KKO). It is the group’s second acquisition in Nordrhein-Westfalen in three months. Financial terms for the acquisition have not been disclosed. KKO is one of the largest healthcare operators in the Oberhausen region with about 720 beds, 18 special clinics and 12 medical centres...

UAE: VPS Healthcare signs patient deal with Etihad Airways

Healthcare service provider VPS Healthcare has signed a deal with Etihad Airways which makes the airline its preferred air transport provider for patients travelling from Saudi Arabia to Abu Dhabi for medical treatment. Etihad will provide VPS Healthcare with special rates on air fares on its flights from Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. In July last year, Etihad Airways launched two specialised services for air travellers with pre-existing medical conditions. The service was the first in the region to be offered by an airline and is carried out by members of the Etihad...

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