Derek Chappell left school at 16 and went to work as a clerk at a local NHS hospital. Twenty years later he bought a hospital that had run into financial difficulties and founded HealthCare Scotland. The Aberdeen company, which at its peak ran five independent hospitals, raised its profits 35% a year from £1.4m in 1997 to £3.4m in 2000 when it employed 809 staff. This year HealthCare Scotland sold two of its hospitals to concentrate on the growth area of psychiatric care.
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