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NHS goes Global

NHS to expand in the global market

The NHS could generate additional funding from other countries and organisations using its knowledge and products, Health Secretary Andy Burnham announced today.

As the largest publicly-funded health system in the world, the NHS is home to groundbreaking treatments, cutting edge research and a hub of innovation. It is now looking to explore new international opportunities to export its knowledge, skills and services.

There is increasing demand from Governments and organisations abroad to share knowledge, provide services, or even replicate parts of the NHS.  A new organisation – NHS Global – will help NHS organisations to make the most of the global opportunities on offer.  The total global market for healthcare was around $4.1 trillion in 2007 and is growing at a significant rate – the NHS is home to world-class innovations that could benefit from a share in this market.

NHS Global will build on the success of organisations such as BBC Worldwide, which markets programmes abroad and invests money back into the BBC.  Some NHS organisations are already sharing their expertise internationally, such as the NHS Institute and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Full story is on the DH website.