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Plan for NHS hospitals abroad

NHS hospitals in England will be invited by the government to set up profit-making branches abroad to raise funds for patients at home. Officials from the Department of Health and UK Trade and Industry will launch the joint scheme this autumn.

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Dubai eye hospital 'enhances' Moorfields' reputation

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.

Having an international presence such as this has several advantages, beyond the obvious benefit to patients in the Middle East.

It enhances Moorfields' strong reputation abroad, generates income that can be reinvested in NHS services, and expands our capacity for good quality research by giving us access to larger numbers of patients with rare eye conditions or genotypes.

– Hospital spokeswoman

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