Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

International Health Service: Hospitals Could Boost Coffers with Overseas Operations ; NHS Hospitals Could Open New Branches in Other Countries, with the Money Generated Used for Patients at Home, under a New Government Programme. the M.E.N's Health Reporter Alice McKeegan Finds out the Radical Plans Could Affect Services in Our Region

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

International Health Service: Hospitals Could Boost Coffers with Overseas Operations ; NHS Hospitals Could Open New Branches in Other Countries, with the Money Generated Used for Patients at Home, under a New Government Programme. the M.E.N's Health Reporter Alice McKeegan Finds out the Radical Plans Could Affect Services in Our Region

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SOME of Greater Manchester's NHS hospitals would consider setting up profit-making branches abroad to raise funds for patients at home, the M.E.N. can reveal.

It is understood that cancer hospital The Christie has already explored the idea and both Wythenshawe and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust could also look at the prospect of setting up satellite centres overseas.

'The of the hospital trusts The government has announced plans to invite trusts to expand abroad from the autumn as part of a project to generate new income to pay for treatment, care and research in England and Wales.

should NHS Officials from the Department of Health and UK Trade and Investment are aiming to build links between hospitals and foreign governments which want access to British health services.

Under the programme, hospitals could create new branches - but upfront investment could only be drawn from income received from private patients and any profits made abroad would be channelled back to Britain.

The proposal was inspired by hospitals in America, including Baltimore's John Hopkins, opening similar branches abroad. The M.E.N. understands that The Christie, which already runs a unit for private patients at its Withington site, explored the idea of setting up hospitals abroad a year ago but the talks did not reach an advanced stage.

It is thought that bosses could look again at the scheme in light of the government's announcement.

priority government, and A spokesman said: "We would always look at all opportunities for our patients, but it is too early to say if be patients' this is something we would get involved with."

A spokesman for Central Manchester, which runs hospitals including the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital and the Manchester Royal Infirmary, said they could not comment. But it is understood they could consider it at a later stage.

Brendan Ryan, medical director at Wythenshawe Hospital, said they supported the principle of using their expertise to generate additional income to fund NHS care.

He added: "In partnership with Manchester council, Manchester Airports Group and two private-sector landholders, we have already embarked on an ambitious scheme to create an internationally competitive MediPark around the hospital to attract private companies who specialise in health and health related products and services. …

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