General Healthcare Group

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General Healthcare Group
Industry healthcare
Headquarters London, UK
Key people
Peter Gershon, Chairman
Jill Watts, Chief Executive
Revenue £855m (2010)[1]
Parent Netcare
Subsidiaries BMI Healthcare

General Healthcare Group PLC (GHG) is a British healthcare company. It owns BMI Healthcare, the UKs largest private hospital group. BMI runs around 70 hospitals nationwide.


The name "General Healthcare Group" dates to 1993, when AMI, a US for-profit hospital provider which had expanded into the UK in the 1970s, renamed itself BMI Healthcare, creating GHG as its corporate group name. AMI had been floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1988, and acquired by Generale de Santé (a subsidiary of Compagnie Générale des Eaux) in 1990.[2]

In 1997 both Generale de Santé and GHG were acquired by private equity group Cinven, with BMI's international activities transferred to Generale de Santé, leaving BMI Healthcare active only in the UK. In 1998 Amicus Healthcare Group was acquired from Compass Group and merged into GHG. Cinven sold GHG to another private equity group in 2000, and a consortium led by South African healthcare group Netcare acquired the company in 2006.[2]

In 2008 BMI purchased nine hospitals in Birmingham, Bury St Edmunds, Gerrards Cross, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Lancaster, Lincoln, North London and Nottingham from Nuffield Health to build on their existing BMI Healthcare business.[3]

In 2011 Stephen Collier was appointed chief executive. BMI showed a strong performance in FY2013, with revenue up by 2.1% (to £851.3 million). The firm has developed its delivery channels, and in 2013 began work with Medopad to pilot an integrated mobile health solution.[4][5]


  1. ^ GHG, Group profit and loss
  2. ^ a b BMI Healthcare, Company History
  3. ^ "Netcare buys nine UK hospitals". Fin24. 14 December 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Health Investor Power Fifty 2013
  5. ^ "Medopad: Doctors with iPads could transform hospital care". Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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