Commenting on reports that NHS hospitals are to be encouraged to establish centres of excellence abroad, Andrew Hine, UK head of healthcare at KPMG, comments:
“The precedent for exporting the expertise of the NHS has existed for some time, as many of the health services offered have long been used to treat patients privately, within the shores of the UK. Ever since the concept was developed, the surplus income generated has always been reinvested in healthcare services, for the benefit of NHS patients. There is no reason why a programme that has proved so successful within our own shores can’t be replicated on an international scale.
“We should be proud of the international interest in our National Health Service and welcome the opportunity to showcase our capabilities on the international stage. Not only does it afford the NHS a chance to develop a sustainable revenue stream; it will allow one of the world’s largest employers to attract and retain top talent by offering global career opportunities.
“The NHS has proven time and again that it can deliver. It should be given the chance to do so once again through this initiative because, with the income that can potentially be generated, Britain will cement its place on the world healthcare map and UK patients will benefit as funds are boosted to enhance healthcare on the domestic front.”
Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
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Notes to Editors:
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with over 11,000 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.7 billion in the year ended September 2011. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and have 145,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. KPMG International provides no client services.