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UK NHS Trust pulling out of Abu Dhabi

We hear that a UK NHS Trust, one of several to have set up healthcare facilities in the GCC in the past decade, is close to offloading its Abu Dhabi clinic to a local private operator. We discuss the success of NHS Trusts in the GCC generally.

Ambea’s Norwegian turnaround requires “a lot more work”

Pan-Nordic care provider Ambea has released Q2 2019 results showing its Norwegian business requires "a lot more work" before achieving a successful turnaround and margin improvement. Group-wide sales nearly doubled thanks to its recent large acquisition although grow only 1% organically. The results were well-received by the market. Its share price rose 8% to a high of SEK 74 (€6.80) over the morning of the results day, Tuesday August 20th.

Irish homecare company grows workforce exponentially

Belfast-based domiciliary care provider Connected Health has expanded into the Republic and claims to be growing its workforce exponentially. We speak to a director at the company and take a look at the Irish market.

Interview: Peter Graf, CEO, Tiohundra

Uniquely, we think in Europe, Tiohundra, an organisation serving a municipality of 62,000, has fully merged social care and health care delivery. Social care (elderly care, disabled care, homecare, psychiatry) and health care (hospitals and primary care) – have been melded in to a single organisation. So what are the learnings? And are we going […]

Terveystalo conjures CEO out of Finnair

Terveystalo has appointed a man who spent 18 years at a Finnish airline as its new CEO. In the same week, Pihlajalinna is dropping 180 of its management staff to cut costs.

Is China a threat to Europe’s imaging suppliers?

Does Europe's imaging equipment supply oligopoly - Siemens Healthineers, Philips and GE Healthcare - face a threat from cheaper Chinese alternatives? Two service operators give HBI different viewpoints.

Ex-Abraaj health fund’s greenfield projects finally coming online

The Evercare Health Fund, formerly Abraaj's Growth Markets Health Fund (AGHF) before the PE firm's fall from grace and now managed by TPG, is finally starting to deliver on its big greenfield projects in the most difficult emerging markets, with the Pakistan hospital recently opened and the Lagos, Nigeria, facility expected in Q2 2020. We talk to a source close to Evercare about the Lahore hospital, the whole platform today and the strategy going forward.

Business is booming for German domiciliary care

German mid-market domiciliary care provider SunaCare claims it will double in size by next year. Is this viable in the midst of a staffing crisis? HBI talks to the company's senior strategist to find out more.

Interview: Tim Clover, CEO, Rayner

HBI talks to Tim Clover, CEO of ophthalmology medtech supplier Rayner and former CEO of ophthalmology operator Optegra about his take on the market, challenges and opportunities in the future, and plans for the company going forward, including coming to market in the next two years - or sooner.

B. Braun partner launches dialysis clinic in Ghana

Global dialysis supplier-provider B. Braun's Ghanian distributor, Engisys, has launched a private dialysis clinic in the capital Accra. We talk to its managing director about the local market.

Interview: Burcu Ozturk, CFO, MLP Care

We talk to the CFO of Turkey's largest private hospital group by beds, MLP Care, 18 months on from its Istanbul listing. Burcu Ozturk discusses the Turkish economy, MLP's postponed M&A plans and growing its private and international revenues amidst a stagnant statutory insurance segment.

Dasa opens largest genetic testing centre in LATAM

Brazil's biggest lab company Dasa has said it expects its genetic testing subsidiary to be worth more than its core routine testing business within ten years as it opens LATAM's "largest" sequencing facility.

Advent puts cash into Vitaldent ahead of possible IPO

Advent International, the big-spending PE firm which has just bought franchise-focussed Spanish dental chain Vitaldent, is planning to put millions into the business with a view to floating, according to local reports. We speak to a well-placed operator source who is surprised by the speed with which Advent seems willing to splash the cash for its latest acquisition.

Terveystalo CEO quits

After overseeing a four-fold rise in revenue, a change in culture and a move to digitalisation, Yrjö Närhinen, 49, the CEO of Terveystalo, the listed Finnish outpatient group, has decided to step down after an 8-year stint at the helm. We talk to him about the future. It is a little known fact that compared to the size of the country, Terveystalo is the largest healthcare group in Europe, employing one in 400 of the working population.

Interview: Dimitris Moulavasilis, CEO, Diaverum 

Will international dialysis group Diaverum IPO or sell? We catch up with its new CEO, the former boss of international imaging group Affidea. Rarely have we met such an enthusiastic leader. That may be just as well. Many wonder whether Diaverum, which has been owned by private equity house Bridgepoint since 2007, can ever be sexed up enough to attract a top price. If anyone can achieve this, it is Moulavasilis. 

Change in legislation triggers race to consolidate Italian pharmacies

The price of pharmacies in Italy is soaring, HBI hears – and one new group looks to be setting the early pace in the race to create a network after legislation was passed allowing corporate ownership. Previously, pharmacy businesses could only be owned by licenced pharmacists but, on the recommendation of the Italian Competition Authority, […]

The race to genetic testing in Africa

Pan-European lab company Synlab is launching a 'wellness centre' in Nigeria three months after doors opened on a similar facility in Madrid.

Indian hospitals building fewer beds

India's hospitals have all but stopped building beds in Tier I cities in the past two years, instead investing in smaller cities. HBI explores new bed growth data. 

Ping An launches comprehensive care platform

China's biggest online healthcare services provider is moving its business model towards more personalised care with the launch of a comprehensive care online platform.

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