The news of Bupa’s takeover of Oasis Dental Care broke last week.
Previously ran by Bridgepoint, Oasis was bought over for the sum of £835 million. Yesterday the dental giant spoke out about the Bupa takeover.
Oasis currently runs 380 dental practices around the UK, with over 1,800 dentists and more than two million patients. It’s not hard to see why Bupa are interested. When the story broke about the Bupa takeover last week, Justin Ash, Chief Executive of Oasis Dental Care, said:
“As part of the Bupa family, we can really develop further and continue to transform the UK dentistry market,”
“Above all, the success of Oasis is built on the talent and commitment of our clinicians and staff, and the loyalty of our two million customers.”
“We will continue to focus on their needs every day.”
Bupa UK managing director, David Hynam, said:
“There’s strong customer demand for high-quality, value-for-money dental services that are convenient and easy to use.”
“Bupa and Oasis have a shared commitment to putting customers first, and we look forward to working together and welcoming the Oasis team into Bupa.”
We asked our readers if they thought the Bupa takeover would have any affect on the running of Oasis Dental Care’s practices. The majority believed that this would change aspects of Oasis clinics somehow. However, an Oasis spokesperson has come forward to reassure everyone that that isn’t the case.
Speaking with Dentistry.co.uk, the Oasis Dental Care spokesperson spoke about the coming Bupa takeover:
“We want to bring together the best from both Oasis’ and Bupa’s dental expertise to create unbeatable dental services for our customers. The move is a significant milestone in Bupa’s strategy to offer customers high quality dental services. There’s strong customer demand for high-quality, value-for-money dental services that are convenient and easy to use. Bupa will become a major dental provider in the UK’s £7.1bn dental market going from 40 to over 400 dental practices, with over two million customers.”
When asked about the future of dentists working for Oasis practices and the NHS, the spokesperson said:
“The acquisition of Oasis is about significantly expanding our dental services to benefit our customers and practices. We expect Oasis and Bupa dentists to benefit from a growing customer base as a result, and the growing strength of a national network will bring further enhancements to the training, support and clinical guidance they see today with Bupa and Oasis.”
“Oasis is also a key partner with the NHS and the number two NHS provider of dentistry, and Bupa is fully committed to high quality NHS provision going forward.”
The Bupa takeover will mean an increased high street presence, range of treatments and high quality clinicians for the patients. Aside from this, there will be no other noticeable change to customers.
“For Oasis and Bupa, it’s very much business as usual, particularly the commitment to put customers first. Practically speaking, and as is usual, the acquisition is subject to the process of regulatory approval.”