Aviva launch of health ‘passport’

Aviva has launched a health passport for its International Solutions private medical insurance customers last month to provide online access to medical records whilst overseas. My Health Passport is designed to provide customers with peace of mind that if they needed urgent medical treatment abroad, their medical history would be quickly and safely accessible.

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Bourke joins Bupa

Bupa has appointed Evelyn Bourke as its new chief financial officer. Ms Bourke joins from Friends Life where she was chief commercial officer and latterly CEO of its Heritage division. Previously she was the executive director responsible for strategy, capital and risk and before that, chief financial officer of Friends Provident. She is a qualified actuary.

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Bupa to develop new business model

Bupa, the private medical insurance (PMI) provider embroiled in dispute with BMI hospitals over charges and almost everyone over GP open referral is now upsetting the healthcare intermediary market which is concerned it intends to stop them from selling its individual PMI products.

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Scott to leave Priory Group

Philip Scott chief executive of the Priory Group has announced he is to step down. Mr Scott joined the group as chief executive in 2007 and in the course of long term business planning for the group has indicated to the Board he is unable to commit for a further five years.

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NAO reports on healthcare across the UK

The National Audit Office (NAO) has highlighted key trends and variations in the delivery of healthcare across the UK. There are considerable variations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in areas such as health outcomes, spending, staffing and quality. Spending on health services in the UK more than doubled in cash terms in the last decade. The rate of increase has been broadly similar in all four nations but spending per person continues to vary. In 2010-11, despite devoting a higher proportion of total public spending to health, England spent the least on health per person.

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Loss for Cambian for second year

Mental health and learning disability care provider Cambian Healthcare posted an operating loss for the second year in a row for the year ending 31 December 2011. The loss reported in 2011 was almost £761k, an increase on 2010’s operating loss of £443k. However deductions for Cambians’s rental payments on leased assets of £15.7m were included in this figure. Turnover continued to increase and grew around £9m in 2011 to £46.2m (2010: £37.7m) with gross profit increasing from ££4.5m to £5.1m. EBITDAR shows a rise during the report period from £12m to £14.9m.

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