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Pressures and guidance may have led to incorrect care decisions

Incorrect decisions on the use of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) may have occurred due to a combination of ‘unprecedented pressure’ on care providers and developing guidance. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published an interim report from its review, commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care,...

Ravi Bains launches Five Rivers Care Group

Ravi Bains has launched Five Rivers Care Group, which brings together companies Liberty Support Services and Yorhealth. Liberty is a specialist supported living provider for...

People with learning disabilities ‘not valued’, Dimensions CEO tells inquiry

Government guidance issued to providers in supported living during the pandemic has ‘often seemed illogical and contradictory’, the chief executive of Dimensions UK has...

Civitas Social Housing identifies pipeline for growth

Civitas Social Housing (CSH) has identified a pipeline of £180m worth of investments as part of its growth strategy. The care-based social housing REIT said...

The MCG Group buys Poppy Nursing and Care

Agency staff provider Poppy Nursing and Care Services has been bought by The MCG Group for an undisclosed sum. Poppy will initially retain its branding and trading name but eventually merge into MCG Healthcare, offering clients better access to primary and secondary care professionals nationwide. Founded in 2014, Poppy provides nurses...

Provider prosecuted after resident contracted Legionella

A provider has been ordered to pay more than £165,000 by magistrates, after a 56-year-old man died from legionella disease while in their care. Sentinel Health Care Ltd, which runs the Fordingbridge Care Home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care and treatment, resulting in avoidable...

More support needed to address inequalities in care provision, says UKHCA

Extra support for operators is needed to help keep them afloat and address inequalities in care provision. During a panel debate at the Virtual Care Festival this week, the chief executive of the UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) Jane Townson said inadequate fee rates were leading to increasing inequality. She told delegates, UKHCA data showed councils with the highest levels of deprivation were receiving some of the lowest fee rates even though they had greater need. ‘If the government is serious about levelling up we need to ensure that these inequalities are...

Cream Care secures investment from Civitas

Civitas Investment Management Ltd has provided funding to Cream Care to help with its expansion plans. The Taunton-based residential care and supported living services provider assists individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities. It operates six homes across the South West and cares and supports 80 people. Martin Reed, shareholder and managing director, has been looking for financial backing to grow the business and help meet demand for services. The transaction sees Cream Care obtain undisclosed funding whilst Reed will retain control and ownership of the business. He told CM the money...

Totally awarded further contract extensions

AIM-listed urgent care provider Totally plc has secured contract extensions worth c.£9.8m. The company, which recently reported a 10% jump in revenue to £54.1m for the six months ended 30 September 2020, said the extensions covered the provision of clinical assessment services, GP out-of-hours and urgent treatment centres across north east...

HeroHero continues roll-up in digital health sector with acquisition of Doctorlink

Marcol-backed digital health provider HealthHero has acquired Doctorlink from Eight Roads in its first major deal since announcing expansion plans last month. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. Headquartered in the UK, Doctorlink provides digital triage and video consultation...

HM meets… John Reay

Covid-19 has changed the very fabric of independent healthcare in the UK during the past seven months, but the transformation has been keenly felt in the historically private patient focused London market. As the capital’s hospitals emerge from their contracts with the NHS, HCA UK President and CEO John Reay talks to Maria Davies about how the company is...

Midlands Asset Finance appoints director

Financial services broker Midlands Asset Finance (MAF) has recruited Paul Richardson as sales director in the Midlands to increase its coverage in the region. Richardson joins from Santander where he worked for more than ten years, starting out as a relationship director in 2010 until being promoted to senior product manager in 2018.  ‘Since starting my career in banking 28...

Aviva extends ‘guided hospital option’ to individual and SME policies

Aviva has introduced a new ‘guided hospital option’ to help direct its SME and individual customers to the most appropriate hospital and book their initial consultant appointments. The insurer said...

Italy: DWS completes Medipass acquisition

Italian healthcare group KOS has completed the sale of Medipass to asset manager DWS through its Pan European Infrastructure III Fund for €169.2m (US$191.9m). HMi reported on the deal in...

Priory Group hospital rating goes from outstanding to inadequate in two years

A Priory Group hospital in Darlington has been downgraded from outstanding to inadequate and placed in special measures by the CQC. The move follows an unannounced inspection of the Priory...

Germany: Cadence Growth Capital bets on PlusDental

Germany’s Cadence Growth Capital has taken a stake in digital dentistry platform PlusDental. Financial details have not been disclosed. PlusDental is a Berlin-based healthtech company that specialises in digital dentistry and aesthetic orthodontic treatments with clear aligners. The entire therapy process is fully digitalised, from appointment to 3D treatment plan, from follow-up...

Romania: MedLife boosts Covid lab network

MedLife, the largest private medical operator in Romania, has acquired Veridia Medical Center in Bucharest, known as Basarab Medical Center in a deal that...

China: AAMG sets up medical centre in Hainan

Singapore-based and ASX-listed Asian American Medical Group (AAMG) has opened the first Singapore-operated medical centre in Hainan. The centre offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, including health screening, endoscopy, radiology,...

Switzerland: Liberta Partners takes majority stake in Forteq Healthcare

Liberta Partners, a multi-family holding based in Munich, has acquired a majority stake in Forteq Healthcare, a designer and manufacturer of pharmaceutical and laboratory industry medtech devices. Financial terms have...

Poland: Abris acquires Scanmed from Life Healthcare Group

Private equity firm Abris has acquired Polish healthcare network operator Scanmed from Life Healthcare Group for PLN340m (US$91.2m). A deal had been expected since May last year but Life Healthcare...

Italy: DWS completes Medipass acquisition

Italian healthcare group KOS has completed the sale of Medipass to asset manager DWS through its Pan European Infrastructure III Fund for €169.2m (US$191.9m). HMi reported on the deal in...

Malaysia: BCM Alliance pushes ahead with share sale

Medical device distributor BCM Alliance is pushing ahead with its share sale to raise M$15.7m (US$3.9m) from Bumiputera investors. HMi first reported on the deal in June. It is looking to sell 60.2 million shares or 14.3% of the company’s share capital. The issue price is still to be set, but it will be at a discount of not more than 10%...

New Zealand: Vital moves on Grace Hospital

New Zealand’s Vital Healthcare Property Trust is to acquire Grace Hospital in Tauranga for NZ$95m (US$66.5m). The 51-bed, 11-theatre facility was purpose-built in 2007 and expanded earlier this year. It is Tauranga's only private in-patient hospital and is located on a four-hectare site providing significant future expansion opportunities. As part of the acquisition, Vital said that it would support Grace Hospital's...

France: Ardian to take minority stake in Inovie

Ardian is to take a minority stake in Inovie, the leading independent medical diagnostic provider in France and a key player across Southern and Central France. It has a local footprint of 19 multi-site laboratories spread over five key regions (Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Nouvelle Aquitaine Auvergne Rhône Alpes and Centre Val de Loire) with four areas of speciality: fertility (Inovie Fertilité), genomics (Imagenome), anatomopathology (Inopath) and veterinary services (Inovie Vet). Inovie’s biologists and 4,500 employees deliver clinical pathology testing to more than 46,000 patients daily. “In a few years’ time, Inovie was able...

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