Plan for NHS Hospitals abroad

A number of London hospitals are to be invited by the Government to set up profit-making branches abroad to raise funds for patients at home and raise the international profile of the health service.

Officials from the Department of Health and UK Trade and Industry will launch the joint scheme this autumn, which will aim to build links between hospitals wishing to expand and foreign governments which want access to British health services.

Under the programme, hospitals including Great Ormond Street, the Royal Marsden and Guy's and St Thomas' could create new branches.