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Fortis CEO Plans Cost Cuts of 20% to Nurse It Back to Health

  • New CEO plans to pare $31 million in costs over two years
  •  Company will also invest $84 million to upgrade facilities

The new chief executive officer at Fortis Healthcare Ltd. plans to cut a fifth of costs to resuscitate India’s second-largest hospital chain after a regulator found it was defrauded of tens of millions of dollars by its former owners.

Fortis is now looking to squeeze spending in everything from energy-efficient light fixtures to automating its business analysis unit and even renegotiating doctors’ salaries. The goal is to reduce expenses by $31 million over the next two years, Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, the CEO who took over in March, said in an interview at the company’s headquarters outside New Delhi. Fresh capital expenditure of $84 million is also in the offing.

[Full article @ Bloomberg.com]

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