– Chief executive of King's College Hospital, London, Tim Smart
Our top priority must always be the NHS and our NHS patients. But in these harsh economic times, hospitals have to look for other sources of income beyond the NHS to make their services viable and sustainable.
That income from beyond the NHS will flow back into NHS care.
The expertise in the NHS is of great value to healthcare in emerging countries, and provided all the safeguards for the NHS are secure, we can bring benefits to patients here and 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.