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Clinical trials group Synexus has expanded its international reach with the acquisition of Helderberg Clinical Trials Centre in South Africa.
In a move that will open up the GP market to the private sector, NHS England will only use alternative provider medical services contracts for all new practice procurements.
The former head of healthcare and education at Phoenix Equity Partners, Tim Ashlin, has joined Synova Capital as partner.
The NHS Partners Network, the trade association for independent providers of NHS care, has launched a review looking into how the independent sector can help NHS cost pressures.
Private equity house Sovereign Capital has closed its fourth fund at the pre-set hard cap of £395 million.
Private hospital operator Circle has reported that its operating loss before exceptional items is down in interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.
Like-for-like revenue for the first half at private hospital group Spire Healthcare has risen by 10.5% to £417.2 million (£377.5 million), it said in its maiden interim results to the London Stock Exchange.
Specialist care provider Cambian Group has seen like-for-like growth in revenue and ebitda for the first half of the year.

The retirement living market has yet to establish itself in the UK, but are we now at a tipping point? Ploy Radford investigates
Target Healthcare REIT has its sights set on building a high quality portfolio, but is moving cautiously finds Sunniva Davies-Rommetveit
David Burrowes MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Needs & Dual Diagnosis, and Dr Michelle Tempest of Candesic challenge health & wellbeing boards to deliver integrated addiction services
The elderly have significant cash to spend. What opportunities does this provide for investors, asks Adrian Murdoch
Ploy Radford considers the steps and hurdles healthcare companies have to get over if they want to float their business on the public market
Pressure on council-funded home care is forcing local authorities to innovate, resulting in the growth of technology to support older people, finds Clare Connell of Connell Consulting
Will there be increased opportunities for more public-private hospital partnerships after the Dalton Review? Sunniva Davies-Rommetveit does some crystal ball gazing
Spire Healthcare has developed a new medical insurance product with April UK – but can a start-up survive in a market dominated by two major players?

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The Care Act 2014 champions personalisation and preventative care, but fails to address burgeoning financial pressures on the care sector, finds Sunniva Davies-Rommetveit

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Candesic’s Dr David Royse and Dr Michelle Tempest investigate how patient empowerment, facilitated by the internet, is changing healthcare
Ideal Carehomes has found an alternative source of finance to the banks. Adrian Murdoch investigates whether this is the start of a new trend
The staffing market is moving once again, reports Ploy Radford