News in Brief

Central Homecare Ltd, the provider of homecare services such as drug therapies to the NHS and private sector showed increased turnover for the year ended 31 March of £63.2m up from £22.3 m in 2010. Operating profit before exceptional items was up 42% to £2.3m from £1.6 m in 2010. Profit for the financial year was £1.6 m up from £1.2m in 2010.

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Loss for General Medical Clinics

General Medical Clinics, provider of primary medical care in London, in its half yearly results for the six month period ended 30 November 2011, reported turnover of £4m (2010: £3.6m) Gross profit decreased 5.9% to £1,763,364 (2010: £1,872,935). Basic earnings per share amounted to a loss of 1.7p (2010: earnings 1.1p). Loss on ordinary activities before tax for the six month period was £288,945 (2010: profit £247,293).

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Cigna announces new commercial director

Cigna Healthcare Benefits has appointed Louisa Bell as commercial director of the UK business. Ms Bell will be responsible for leading the Cigna UK HealthCare Benefits sales and client management teams to deliver sustainable growth across the medical, dental and occupational health product lines.

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Castlerock receives investment boost

The North West Fund for Development Capital (NWFDC), managed by YFM Equity Partners, has made a significant investment of development capital into Castlerock Recruitment Group Limited, the healthcare recruitment business. Castlerock is based in St Helens and has ten offices around the country and employs 57 staff, including 31 recruitment specialists.

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McPartlan joins St Margaret’s

BMI Healthcare has appointed Paul McPartlan as the new Executive Director of BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor, Berkshire. Mr McPartlan is also executive director at BMI The Runnymede Hospital in Chertsey and he will oversee the running of both hospitals. Previously he was executive director of BMI Three Shires Hospital in Northampton.

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Circle Holdings upbeat but seeks fundsing for new builds

Circle Holdings plc, the vehicle for financial institutions investing in healthcare enterprise Circle, in a trading statement ahead of it results for the year ended 31 December 2011 says its operating results are expected to be in line with market expectations.

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New head of healthcare joins RBS

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has appointed Stuart Dean as its new head of healthcare within its corporate and institutional banking (CIB) team. Mr Dean will be looking to build on RBS CIB’s healthcare franchise by developing its proposition further and taking its services into new areas of the industry. He will head up a team of healthcare finance specialists, drive the national sector strategy and provide sector support to RBS CIB’s regional network across the UK.

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Lindsay Dibden retires from HgCapital

Lindsay Dibden, from the healthcare team and Hg Capital, which backs Voyage, has announced his retirement after 23 years with the company. He left at the end of February and now plans to focus on growing his domiciliary community care business, Home Help UK Ltd. Mr Dibden said Philipp Schwalber would now be leading HgCapital’s healthcare practice.

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