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Aria Assistance : acquires Premier Occupational Healthcare

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Aria Assistance, the new independent insurance and assistance company formed after the management buyout of Europ Assistance UK & Ireland, has reaffirmed its commitment to providing occupational health services as part of its broader healthcare offer with the acquisition of Premier Occupational Healthcare (POHC).

POHC, which has worked in partnership with Europ Assistance since 2010, is a well-established provider of quality and affordable occupational health and wellbeing services with a highly experienced and qualified team. The acquisition combines Aria Assistance’s world-class 24/7 assistance network, unrivalled case management experience and UK contact centres with POHC’s proven expertise in its sector.

Together, and in perfect synergy, Aria Assistance and POHC will offer employers leading edge services to fully manage both the business risks and regulatory compliance needs of employee health. These include management referrals, medical check-ups and fit notes, drug and alcohol tests, absence management and a growing host of other occupational health and wellbeing services.

As part of Aria Assistance, POHC will remain a distinct business with Paul Richards appointed to the position of Managing Director of POHC as a result of the acquisition. “POHC is a great company with considerable expertise, which will enhance Aria Assistance’s offering in the Healthcare market”. It will utilise the additional resources and capabilities generated by the acquisition to further expand and develop in the specialised health field of occupational healthcare, as well as innovate a wide range of new services and products. Dr Manuel Fernandes the founder of Premier Occupational Healthcare remains with the company focusing on the delivery of medical services to clients.

Patrick Leroy, Aria Assistance’s Chief Executive Officer, is delighted: “This acquisition comes at an exciting time for our developing healthcare business and now we have POHC fully on board, we look forward to working together on major opportunities.”

Aria Assistance has already announced changes to its senior management structure, which will help take the firm’s unique POHC proposition to market and target potential clients.