BMI Healthcare sees profits fall

BMI Healthcare subsidiary of South African hospital provider Netcare results to 30 September 2011 showed that operating profit decreased predominantly due to a continued decline in insured volumes, increased NHS volumes at lower tariffs and margins, the cessation of Netcare UK contracts during the year, new sites not operating as optimally as the rest of the group and the increase in the VAT rate which took place in January.

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82% of providers comply with CQC standards

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) first full analysis of the performance and risk in the health and social care sector found that 82% of independent healthcare providers - compared to 77% of NHS services were compliant with essential standards of quality and safety. Sally Taber, IHAS?chief executive analyses this in detail on page 20.

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