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NHS expanded globally

26th March 2010

Health secretary Andy Burnham has announced that the NHS is set to expand into the global market.

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He wants the NHS to generate additional funding from other countries and organisations using its knowledge, skills, products and services.

The largest publicly-funded health system in the world, a new organisation – NHS Global – will help NHS organisations make the most of the global opportunities on offer.

Preliminary work has begun with NHS organisations and the Department of Health will also consult with NHS staff and stakeholders on how to ensure that NHS Global maximises benefit for patients in the UK.

The announcement comes as Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced a new world-class medical research centre at St Pancras in London, which will bring together research teams to tackle major medical challenges.

The new UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation will be a partnership with Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, UCL and the Medical Research Council (MRC) and will work closely with the NHS.

Health Secretary Andy Burnham said: “After a decade of record investment, the launch of NHS Global demonstrates that the NHS now has the confidence and capacity to play a greater role on the world stage.”

NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson said: “What we need is a more systematic approach to supporting NHS organisations in making the most of these opportunities and bringing benefits back to the NHS and the taxpayer.

"NHS Global provides us with the opportunity to take a significant step forward in making this happen.”


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