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UK’s NHS hospitals to set up ‘dating agency’ with overseas medical centres

Some of Britain’s best-known hospitals are being lined up by the Government to export the “NHS brand” around the world and set up profit-making branches overseas to boost their incomes.

Under a radical plan to be launched this autumn, officials from the UK’s Department of Health and UK Trade and Investment will come together to act as a “dating agency” between hospitals that wish to expand overseas and foreign governments with a demand for British health services.

The move could see outposts of famous hospitals such as Great Ormond Street, the Royal Marsden and Guy’s and St Thomas’ appear around the world.

Under the plans, all profits made by British hospital trusts abroad would have to go back into their coffers in the UK – and upfront investment could only come from the revenue they make from private patients.

Areas of the world identified as key to the success of the project include the Gulf, where British medical brands already have high recognition, and China, Brazil, Libya and India.

Read more in the British Independent…<http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/global-network-of-nhs-hospitals-to-exploit-brand-8063512.html>