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Commissioners hurt UK care homes

UK nursing homes are facing record fines and the prospect of financial failure, but one market expert argues that providers shouldn’t be shouldering the burden alone. HBI investigates who or what exactly is to blame and what more can be done to alleviate pressures and improve the quality of care.

HC-One closes all Cambridgeshire homes

Large UK nursing home operator HC-One has confirmed the closure of its three remaining Cambridgeshire homes following extended embargoes placed on the operator by the council in the spring. The homes have been deemed “no longer operationally and financially viable”. HBI investigates.

FREE BLOG Why won’t British PMs admit to using private healthcare?

When asked whether he used private healthcare, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was widely criticised for his evasiveness. His response “I grew up in an NHS family” was deemed defective and unsatisfactory, and after repeated calls this year from politicians and journalists to answer the “not relevant” question, he finally caved in.

Circle Health set to be sold for $1.2bn

PureHealth, an Abu Dhabi group which is effectively state-owned, is set to buy Circle Health, the UK's second largest hospital group by revenue, for $1.2bn. The deal follows PureHealth's acquisition of a minority stake in a major US hospital chain. It comes as revenue from both private pay and NHS outsourcing surges in the UK.

HC-One pilots flexible working for carers

UK nursing home operator HC-One has launched FlexForce, a flexible working initiative that hopes to ease staffing shortages by improving the sector’s notoriously low retention rates. The scheme is being rolled out to 269 homes, following a successful six month trial this June across the north of England and Scotland. 

Third bolt-on for Phoenix

M&A in the UK's for-profit hospital market is back in full swing. As well as the sale of the UK's largest hospital group, Circle, August saw the acquisition of One Healthcare, a small group which operates two multi-speciality hospitals in Kent and Hertfordshire, by Phoenix Hospital Group, a slightly larger UK operator.

Babylon saga reaches end

Digital unicorn-turned-mouse Babylon Health has placed two of its UK divisions into administration and reportedly sold its clinical services business to US digital health firm eMed Healthcare.

Circle Health sells for $1.2bn

Circle Health, the UK's second largest hospital group by revenue, has sold for $1.2bn (€1.1bn) inclusive of debt assumed. The buyer was Pure Health, a healthcare conglomerate based in the UAE, effectively owned by the Abu Dhabi government.

Ramsay share price plummets as results released

Australia-based multinational hospital group Ramsay Health Care’s disappointing results have seen its share price drop by double digits since close Wednesday. It seems its European segment’s performance did not match that of its other divisions.

Icon’s UK debut deal with Nuffield

The UK's largest healthcare charity Nuffield Health is partnering with Australian oncology care provider Icon Group to debut its cancer care radiotherapy services in the UK market. 

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