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Govt denies NHS patients could be flown to India

The Government has denied suggestions that NHS patients could be flown to India for cheaper treatment under new plans.

It comes after former health secretary Patricia Hewitt, who now chairs the UK India Business Council, said up to 20 NHS Trusts hope to go into business with health providers in India to boost their income and share expertise.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said they had 'no intention' of sending NHS patients to India. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive

Ms Hewitt told the Health Service Journal (£) there were a growing number of areas where Indian doctors could deliver similar or better clinical outcomes at substantially lower costs than the NHS.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said, "We have no intention to send NHSpatients to India for treatment."