Healthcare Reform


UK private hospital nationalised

Bath NHS Foundation Trust has acquired the local hospital of for-profit operator Circle Health, completing a disposal process ordered by competition authorities following Circle's acquisition of competitor BMI Healthcare. Could this be a sign of things to come? 

Europe’s drive to outpatient surgery: An analysis

The Nordics and UK lead Europe in the move to day-case and outpatient surgery but France is catching up fast, having quadrupled its own outpatient surgery proportion in the past decade, HBI analysis of OECD data shows. The analysis of 17 procedures across 22 countries confirms much of the past anecdotal evidence on the for-profit sector in each country.

Hancock’s perilous position a problem for the NHS

The future of the UK NHS is changing according to the recent White Paper and Queen's Speech - we're moving towards collaboration not competition and a Secretary of State for Health with wider powers. But current incumbent Matt Hancock's reputation is damaged and his political capital on the wane. HBI heard at a Kings Fund digital event that this could prove a problem for the NHS.

Whistleblower and low occupancy hit Attendo

Pan-Nordic care group Attendo, which runs 350 nursing homes in Scandinavia, is struggling to recover occupancy in Sweden. The picture is better in Finland, but a scandal over the treatment of a whistle-blower in the Swedish press has damaged the groups image. 

Denmark tenders €250m of homecare contracts

The Danish regions have collectively tendered more than €250m worth of homecare services since the beginning of the year. Municipalities are finally shrugging off a hostile approach to for-profit healthcare, which HBI understands is driven by a desire to avoid further bankruptcies in the sector. 

Interview: Marc Saillon, CEO, Almage Alzheimer Centers

The French nursing home sector has produced some of the largest consolidators in Europe, such as Orpea and Korian. But even small groups are looking at international expansion. Almage, a group with just six homes and 530 beds dedicated to Alzheimer care, plans to hit Spain in the next few months and is looking at other European markets. Marc Saillon, the CEO of Almage Alzheimer Centers, also tells us that the group has expanded into consultancy in China.

German hospitals cut staff as volumes fail to recover

Germany's third-largest hospital group Sana Kliniken has announced the layoff of over 1,000 employees, while number one Fresenius Helios is also cutting staff, as patient numbers fail to recover from Covid. Volumes are still lower than in 2019, Dr. Boris Augurzky tells HBI. 

KPMG talks healthcare opportunities in the islands 

We talk to Dr. Ed Fitzgerald, who is being appointed head of healthcare for KPMG Island Group. The firm’s offices are present in a region covering 45 million people across Bermuda and the Caribbean, and a further 760,000 in Malta, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Quarantining after his recent return to Bermuda, he told us of the island’s challenges in reducing its per capita healthcare costs (second only to the USA), why islands struggle to introduce universal health coverage and spotlights commercial opportunities. 

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