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Bupa is acquiring Barbican Healthcare, the operator of dental practices, for £23m.
Gyrus Medical is to invest £2.5m at its Cardiff medical equipment site, with the creation of 150 jobs.
NHS Direct, the new instant health-advice service, is to set up a call centre in Wakefield with the creation of 150 jobs.
Care UK has acquired Caring People's Services, the Derby-based provider of home care for the elderly, for undisclosed terms.
Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Direct is to launch a new 24-hour free helpline offering health advice, creating more than 20 jobs.
Smiths Industries is acquiring Biochem International, the US monitoring equipment company, for £49m in order to expand its critical and respiratory care activities.
Wakefield Council is planning to recruit a further 85 staff to improve social services to 3,000 elderly, housebound and disabled people.
Caremark, the provider of drugs to NHS patients who live at home, has been sold to a management team by its parent company MedPartners of the US.
The St Edward's Hospital in Cheddleton, North Staffordshire, is to close in 2000 which will free up funds so that 100 new jobs can be created for community-based care.
Almost 500 NHS jobs are to be created across Scotland, as part of the government's £44m investment to reduce hospital waiting lists.
Bupa, the private health company, is looking to open a second customer service centre in Manchester.
Sterile Technology is planning to build a multi-million pound clinical waste treatment facility at Antrim Hospital which could handle all of Northern Ireland's healthcare refuse and create up to 50 jobs.
Endpoint Research of Canada is setting up its first overseas operation in Bellshill, in order to provide clinical trial management services to its European customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries.
East & Lothian NHS is planning to build a £9m community hospital in Midlothian.
HBO & Company, the healthcare IT specialists, is planning to set up a new head office in Warwick, creating an additional 100 jobs.
Sinclair Montrose has acquired ASA Locums, the provider of specialist medical staff, for up to £11m.
Trinity Care has announced plans to continue to expand its business, with new nursing homes in Oxford, Hove and Aylesbury and an increase in its number of beds by at least 196 to 1,340 this year.
Abbott Laboratories of the US is to set up a £30m biosensors factory near Witney in Oxfordshire, creating 700 jobs.
Seton Healthcare, the medical products company, is to undergo a £691m merger with Scholl, the foot-care company, which will give Seton the opportunity to expand overseas and manufacture Scholl products at lower cost.
Apax Partners is planning to acquire Whitecross Group, the dentistry business, for £6.25m in order to set up a nationwide chain of dentists, although another potential bidder has emerged.
Seton Healthcare has acquired EMS Medical's urology business for £3.5m.
Healthcall, the provider of night call services for doctors, is to be acquired by a management team for £50m.
Westminster Healthcare has acquired Magnetic Resonance Imaging for £3.5m, in order to strengthen its diagnostics division in the south east.