IHA sinks as acute sector members withdraw

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Independent Healthcare Association has foundered following the withdrawal of membership by several major acute sector providers. As of January 1, the association will go under the name of the “English Community Care Association” (ECCA) and will focus its activities on the long term care sector. Following the withdrawal of Nuffield and the General Healthcare Group in late November, Caring Times contacted the IHA in early December to ask if a question mark hung over the association1s future, and was told that, while the loss of two major members was regretted, this would have little impact on the operations of the association. Two days later, it was announced that the IHA would be renamed following the withdrawal from membership by BUPA, Capio and HCA. It is believed that the chief executive of the former IHA Barry Hassell will not continue in this role. Four Seasons Healthcare chief executive Hamilton Anstead, who is the new chair of the association, said that, while the new association would benefit by ha

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