Mid Europa to sell Romanian provider Regina Maria for over €1bn 

Mid Europa Partners, a central and eastern Europe-focused PE investor, is selling Regina Maria, Romania’s second largest private health care provider by revenue, after almost a decade of ownership. Turkish group Acibadem is rumoured to be likely to bid, although the group would not confirm this to HBI.

Affidea buys dental clinic in Spain and expands in Italy

Pan-European imaging and diagnostics firm Affidea has bought an advanced dental services clinic in Spain - the first such acquisition by the group - as well as two polyclinics in Italy. HBI understands the dental acquisition is part of the group's long-term strategy to move away from only providing diagnostic imaging to being more of an integrated care platform offering a range of outpatient services.

Affidea buys again in Romania, targets further expansion

Pan-European diagnostics group Affidea continues to consolidate Romania's diagnostics market with the acquisition of another three imaging clinics in the north of the country. It now has 53 clinics across Romania.

HCA UK adopts Versius surgical robotic system in UK first

The rise of the robotic surgeon marches on. In a UK private sector first, hospital group HCA UK is adopting the Versius surgical robotic system. HBI speaks to an expert from UK-based consultancy Candesic to find out more.

New AI act could stifle EU innovation – but benefit the UK

After 38 hours of deliberation, a long-awaited deal has finally been reached in Brussels. HBI speaks to three market experts to understand what the AI Act - the comprehensive European framework for AI innovation and regulation - could mean for the future of healthcare in Europe.

Affidea solidifies presence in Spain and Romania

Pan-European imaging and diagnostic firm Affidea is expanding in Spain and Romania. Its acquisitions of Clinica Atenea in Valencia and Odelga Imagistics clinic in Bucharest bring the number of Affidea’s centers in Europe to 340, cementing its influence in the region.

Affidea tightens its hold on Romanian imaging

Pan-European diagnostic giant Affidea has increased its dominance in the Romanian imaging market with the acquisition of Biomed Scan, a two-clinic imaging provider in Bucharest. This is the second acquisition it has made in the market in 2023, after its acquisition of a seven-clinic group in Teleorman at the beginning of the year. It now has 48 Romanian clinics, by far the most of any private provider.

Italy’s nursing crisis causes wage spike as government looks abroad for help

Italy has historically been less affected by the health care workforce crisis gripping much of Europe, but HBI hears post-Covid pressure has created a nursing crisis which has seen wages shoot up, and led prime minister Giorgia Meloni to look abroad. Most recently she has signed an agreement with the Caribbean island of Cuba to fix her growing workforce challenge. This is the latest in a series of deals and rule relaxations designed to help funnel talent into Western Europe.

Germany cuts red tape to recruit outside EU

This summer, a new immigration reform was passed to make it easier for workers from non-EU countries to relocate to Germany. An Indian organisation plans to train 2,000 nurses for the German market. HBI speaks to experts to find out who will make the most of the changes and if it’s the best course of action to combat labour shortages.

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