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IRIS acquires Maclean McNicoll Software to strengthen healthcare solutions activities

IRIS : 25 October, 2007  (New Product)
The leading provider of specialist accounting software to UK GP practices, Maclean McNicoll Software, has been acquired by IRIS, the UK’s largest privately owned software business.
This is the second acquisition for IRIS in the Healthcare Solutions market in the space of just a few weeks. In September 2007, the Group announced the acquisition of Ferguson GP Software, the market-leading provider of specialist payroll packages to GP practices. Both the payroll and the accounts packages are integrated, providing important efficiency savings to the busy practitioner.

In total, IRIS now provides software applications to over half of the UK's 10,000 GP practices.

Maclean McNicoll Software was established in 1986 by two GPs, Dr Neil Maclean and Dr Ian McNicoll and is based in Glasgow. The company's single product GP Accounts appeals to GP practices because it provides the cashbook and NHS income reporting facilities required by GPs and Practice Managers.

Dr Neil Maclean and Dr Ian McNicoll will remain actively involved in the future development of the software and are keen to ensure it is very much 'business as usual' for all GP Accounts customers.

Maclean McNicoll Software will join IRIS Accounting and Business Solutions Business Unit and will be able to draw upon its wide reaching expertise both in product development and customer support. Other IRIS products include award winning Exchequer Software, IRIS Accounts Office and IRIS Bookkeeping.

Martin Leuw, IRIS CEO, who has held a number of high profile positions in the Healthcare sector and was a member of the Government Advisory Group who set up NHS Direct before joining IRIS in 2001 said: 'The Maclean McNicoll acquisition is extremely important as it will allow us to expand further our services into GP practices and the wider healthcare sector as well. It complements our earlier acquisition of Ferguson GP Software, providing us with a leadership position in this area. For customers, it will be 'business as usual' - both businesses enjoy a high level of respect in the GP practice market and have an extremely loyal customer base which we will continue to nurture.

'Interestingly, about half of the practices using Ferguson GP Software also use Maclean McNicoll Software and there is integration between the products which provide efficiency savings to the busy practice. Maclean McNicoll Software is a very welcome addition to the growing IRIS portfolio of Healthcare products.'
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