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The reputation of Moorfields Eye Hospital has been elevated since the eye care provider opened a unit in the same name in Dubai, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The Middle East branch of the hospital opened in July 2007 to treat patients, many of whom would previously have had to travel further afield for treatment.
The shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has said that plansto set up NHS hospitals abroad "are a good idea in principle but its allabout how it's done".
He added: "I worry this will mean hospitals chasing profits overseas to the detriment of NHS patients here."
Deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, David Stout, has spoken to ITV News about the rationale behind plans for hospitals in England to set up profit-making branches abroad.
NHS hospitals in England are to be invited by the Government to set up profit-making branches abroad to raise funds for patients at home.
The scheme comes after the National Health Service was showcased to the world in Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony.
David Stout, deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, has said he does not share the concerns expressed by critics about a shift in focus away from local services and it was "absolutely right" for the health service to generate income by creating branches abroad.
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A leading doctor in China warns NHS hospitals will have to offer a level of quality and comfort way above the standards patients are used to
NHS hospitals will be asked to set up profit-making branches abroad with the money generated used to care for patients in the UK.