Message at ŒInvesting in Healthcare¹ conference is firmly one of confidence


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

When asked at the conference Å’Investing in Healthcare¹ where he would invest the £100m his fairy godmother had just handed him, William Laing of conference organisers Laing & Buisson confidently replied that it would all go into care homes. Other speakers were equally positive. Frank Hollendoner (speaking on behalf of UBS Warburg equity research analyst Nancy Hollendoner who was unable to attend) pointed at the greatly increased level of recent equity investment in long term care (see table below). Andrew McLaughlin, deputy chief economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland, said that his bank felt positive about the sector. Despite the difficult economic climate he felt that the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, would deliver the healthcare money promised, although how much of that finally found its way into operators’ pockets was another question. He also said that the Government’s huge increase in healthcare funding was high risk because healthcare inflation always tends to be higher than in other sectors resulting





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