Life Healthcare, SA’s second-biggest private hospital operator, says a return of patients for elective surgeries resulted in better-than-expected trading in the last three months of 2020, though that is when a second wave of Covid-19 struck SA.

Hospital occupancies saw healthy improvement in October and November, the group said in a trading update for the quarter to end-December, the first of its 2021 year, but SA’s second wave of Covid-19 in December then resulted in a higher volume of patients than the first...

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