High-profile NHS hospitals in England are to be encouraged by the government to set up profit-making branches abroad to help fund services in the UK. An agency will aim to link hospitals such as Great Ormond Street with foreign governments that want access to British-run health services.
Investment would have to be drawn from hospitals’ private UK work, but with profits ploughed back into the NHS.
Areas to think about:
- What benefits might this have to UK NHS patients?
- What potential problems might result?
- If you were a manager or senior clinician in a high-profile NHS hospital, how would you go about exploring the potential for overseas commerical units?