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Two-thirds support tax rise to fund better pay in care, survey shows

Two-thirds of people would support an increase in tax to fund a pay rise for care workers. Data published by gender equality campaigning charity Fawcett Society found 65% of people surveyed support an increase, while only 11% disagreed. A survey of more than 2,000 people found 68% of Conservative and 71%...

Relatives association expresses ‘disappointment’ over CQC’s role

The care regulator has been accused of lacking oversight and not representing the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed to Care Quality...

VIDEO: Simon Parker speaks to… 

In this episode Simon Parker, founder of the care management consultancy SP&P, speaks to Mark Lloyd, who is the managing director of RMBI Care. Mark...

Falling admissions impact Four Seasons Health Care

Admissions at Four Seasons Health Care dropped more than 50% at one point this month due to the impact of Covid-19. At this time of...

Residential care less likely to be considered, survey finds

Almost a third of people are less likely to seek residential care for an elderly relative than before coronavirus, research from Policy Exchange and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has found. The poll, of 2,475 people across the UK between 15-18 May, also showed 40% of those aged...

Providers being supported through a ‘range of measures’, ADASS says

Local authorities have put in place an ‘extensive range of measures’ to support social care providers to deal with increased costs and other pressures during the pandemic, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has claimed. Due to increased concerns from providers about government funding not making it...

Social care funding gap inquiry reopens

An inquiry to establish how much extra money will be needed to be spent by government in each of the next five years to bridge the funding gap in social care has reopened. The Health and Social Care Committee inquiry, which was paused in March to allow the committee to concentrate on Covid-19, will also investigate shortages in the workforce and what solutions need to be found. In addition to the previous terms of reference, the inquiry will also consider what reforms are needed to the long-term social care funding system. Committee...

Financial worries and Covid taking its toll, CQC insight report finds

Registered managers of adult social care services are suffering from burn out and extreme anxiety due to multiple deaths in settings and financial worries. Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection teams are dealing with an increase in care home managers suffering from distress, with inspectors liaising with them to offer support and advice, the regulator said in an insight report. The 29-page document found morale to be low in the sector, with staff feeling ‘undervalued’ compared with their healthcare counterparts. Focusing on adult social care, the report reviewed data on staff absences, outbreaks,...

IDH expecting to ‘bounce-back’ quickly when routine dentistry resumes

IDH has said that its business remains in ‘good shape’ despite the ongoing closure of routine dentistry during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a market update ahead of publication of its full year results in July, the company, which operates the mydentist high street dentistry chain and dental consumables business DD,...

Tight cost control moves Mastercall into profit

Out of hospital care provider Mastercall has reported a 4% drop in turnover to £11.1m for the year ended 30 September 2019. However, the social enterprise, which operates a range of primary care services across the north west of England,...

PHP continues expansion in Ireland

Specialist healthcare REIT Primary Health Properties (PHP) is continuing its expansion in Ireland with the development and acquisition of a new primary care centre in Co. Wicklow for an anticipated cost of €18m.  On completion, the 5,333m2  property will be let to the Health Service Executive (HSE) and a local GP practice for an initial 30-year term. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic,...

The Paterson Inquiry Report: HR processes and patient safety

Jog Hundle and Stuart Craig, partners at national law firm Mills & Reeve, ask whether HR processes enabled Ian Paterson’s unusual surgical character to ‘hide in plain sight’? There is an ongoing focus on ways to improve safety culture in healthcare and the role of HR processes - an issue covered in detail in the recent inde- pendent inquiry report...

Private providers told to cease Covid-19 antibody testing

Retailers and healthcare providers have been told to cease provision of home antibody tests for Covid-19 until their use has been 'properly validated'. Public Health England has now approved testing kits...

Sunrise CEO takes over as Nuffield chair

Charitable hospital and wellness provider Nuffield Health has appointed Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald as chairman of the Board. Macdonald has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare sector and spent...

Private patient demand boosts Optegra

Eye care specialist Optegra has reported a 10% jump in revenue to £40.2m for the year ended 30 June 2019. The company, which operates seven hospitals and six outreach clinics...

Finland: Elekta acquires Kaiku Health

Swedish precision radiation company Elekta has acquired Kaiku Health. The Finnish company is best known for its app that monitors patient-reported outcomes, and provides intelligent symptom tracking and management for healthcare providers in routine oncology care and studies. Financial terms have not been disclosed. “Including intelligent patient-monitoring software in the Elekta...

Switzerland: Neo Medical closes SFr13.2m venture round

Neo Medical, a spinal surgery medtech company, has closed a SFr13.2m (US$13.4m) venture round of financing. The funds will be used to finance the...

Sweden: Aedifica makes a move on Sweden

Belgian healthcare REIT Aedifica has made its first move into Sweden with the completion of two specialist residential care centres in Uppsala and Heby for SKr39m (US$4m). LSS-boende Gråmunke and...

France: Sapio takes majority stake in Homeperf

Italy’s Sapio has acquired a majority stake in French homecare service provider Homeperf from Parquest Capital. Financial terms have not been disclosed. Homeperf was established in 1997 and is now...

Egypt: SODIC to equip three hospitals

Egyptian real estate developer Sixth of October Development & Investment Company, better known as SODIC, is cooperating with the Ministry of Health to equip three public hospitals to receive...

Singapore: Holmusk raises US$21.5m Series A funding

Data science and health technology company Holmusk has raised US$21.5m Series A funding to expand its US operations in New York City and to enable investment in its proprietary...

Myanmar: DEG makes US$12m loan to Asia Royal

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft – is providing Asia Royal with a US$12m long-term loan to help the hospital operator expand. Asia Royal currently operates a 250-bed hospital in Yangon, which it plans to modernise and expand to 330 beds. “We are delighted that our first private sector loan in Myanmar is going to Asia Royal. Enabling investments in the...

Switzerland: Rubinstein steps down at SHL Telemedicine

After eight years with the company, the last three as chief executive, Yoav Rubinstein has stepped down from Swiss-listed Israeli medtech firm SHL Telemedicine. In a statement, he said that it was to pursue other interests. “I wish to thank the board of directors, management team and employees for their support and cooperation. It has been a rewarding time for me...

Netherlands: GATT Technologies raises €10.5m Series B funding

Medical device company GATT Technologies has closed €10.5m (US$11.4m) Series B financing led by US-based healthcare investor NGI. Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC also participated along with Oost NL. At the same time, the company appointed Geert van Gansewinkel as its new chief executive officer and Vlad Hogenhuis as a new board member. Van Gansewinkel worked as a technology and strategy consultant for Accenture and The Boston Consulting Group. In 2013, he became a partner at life sciences compliance software company Polaris, building and managing the European and Asian businesses. He...

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