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NHS to Sell Services Abroad

22/08/2012 | By Sharmila Chauhan
NHS hospitals are being encouraged by the Government to set up branches abroad in an effort to generate income for NHS service.

The 'NHS Global' initiative has been put together by the Department of Health (DH) and the UK Trade and Investment department (UKTI). It plans to set up hospitals abroad, using the well established NHS 'brand name’ as a way of attracting 'customers'. This model has already been successful in the United States where private hospitals such as the Mayo clinics and Johns Hopkins have been successful abroad.

However, the Patients Association has criticised the move and have suggested that this may provide too much of a distraction at home during times of economic hardship, and may take away focus from much needed home services in lieu of money making exercises.

There is already a Moorfields Eye Hospital and Great Ormond Street children's hospital in the Middle East. There are already talks around establishing an NHS ambulance trust in Libya. Virgin healthcare, is working with GPs from NHS, to develop services in Abu Dhabi for primary healthcare services. The government is now keen to explore opportunities in Asia - in particular China and India.

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