Hospitals should expand abroad21st August 2012
The government wants hospitals such as Great Ormond Street to run branches abroad in order to help make money for the NHS.
The Department of Health and UK Trade and Investment will launch an initiative this autumn which will involve "high-profile" hospitals like Guy's and the Royal Marsden.
The scheme will set up an agency to connect hospitals with governments overseas that want British-managed health care services.
The project would build on the success of the Moorfields Eye Hospital, which has a branch it set up in Dubai in 2007 and makes £500,000 in profits a year.
The original plan to set up branches of British hospitals abroad was launched by Labour's Health Secretary Andy Burnham in 2010.
The current government wants to use the money made by high-profile hospitals abroad to fund the NHS in this country.
Health Minister Anne Milton said: "This is good news for NHS patients who will get better services at their local hospital as a result of the work the NHS is doing abroad and the extra investment that will generate."
"The NHS has a world-class reputation, and this exciting development will make the most of that to deliver real benefits for both patients and taxpayers."
However the move was criticised by Labour's shadow health minister Jamie Reed, who said: "At a time when staff are losing their jobs and waiting times are rising, the government's priority should be sorting out the mess it has created in our NHS."
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Title: Hospitals should expand abroad
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 22549
Date Added: 21st Aug 2012