Bupa has announced a multi-million pound investment plan to rapidly grow its dental business.
The healthcare and insurance company said it aimed to become one of the largest private dental chains in the UK by 2015. It plans to add up to 50 additional private dental clinics to its existing 11 centres.
Bupa said the new centres will be located in major UK cities, close to where people work, and appointments will be available outside of traditional office hours. The private dental market, currently worth £2.4 billion, is forecast to grow at 2.7% per annum over the next 5 years, it said.
Bupa chief executive Stuart Fletcher commented: “Bupa has been in the business of healthcare for over 60 years, and because we have no shareholders, we can invest the money we make into more and better healthcare.
“This major investment in private dentistry is part of our long-term commitment to investing in healthcare in Britain.”