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Jill Watts to be new GHG CEO

General Healthcare Group’s (GHG) South African parent company Netcare has announced the appointment of Jill Watts (pictured) to the role of GHG chief executive.

Watts, who currently heads up Ramsay Health Care UK, will replace GHG's incumbent chief executive Stephen Collier from 17 November.

Collier stated his intention to resign from his position at the private hospital group back in May.

Watts has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare and previous roles include being chief executive of Australia’s largest private tertiary teaching hospital, Greenslopes.

During Watts' leadership, Ramsay Health Care UK has pursued a strategy of chasing NHS work with nearly 70% of its revenues now coming from the NHS according to its parent company’s 2013 annual report.

GHG is split into a private hospital operating company, BMI Healthcare, and a property company which owns and leases the facilities BMI operates in to them.

BMI Healthcare is the largest private hospital chain in the UK with 66 hospitals.

GHG has had its fair share of problems in the past including a difficult relationship with private medical insurers. In 2012, Britain’s biggest healthcare insurer, Bupa, attacked BMI Healthcare over its rising hospital costs. The firm claimed that BMI charged 20% more than competing hospitals “despite offering no better quality of service”.

Collier said at the time of the allegations: “We reject absolutely any assertion that BMI Healthcare and its hospitals exercise market power or that we make excess profits at the expense of patients.”

He will retain a non-executive or advisory position with BMI Healthcare after he steps down.

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Posted on: 23/09/2014

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