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Could Britain Become The World’s Health Hub?

Matt Ridley in The Times yesterday has an article entitled Britain has the chance to be the world’s doctor. This is an extract.

A new report commissioned by three parliamentarians, Meg Hillier, MP, Lord Crisp (former chief executive of the NHS) and the surgeon Lord Kakkar, and written by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, makes the case that Britain is well placed to become the world’s “health hub”. Just as the City of London is the world’s financial centre and Wimbledon is the centre of tennis, so Britain is already a surprisingly dominant player in research, practice, policy and regulation when it comes to health, and widely emulated around the world. There is an opportunity here.

I have been privileged in my life and have had insight in London, Cambridge and Liverpool into substantial developments and research that are going to make the world a healthier place.

It is our pre-eminence in health research and the related fields like information, that is driving the world’s health forwards.

Ridley gives some surprising facts, like that even the much-criticised NICE has an international offshoot that gives advice to countries with limited health funding.

It is an article that gives a positive outlook on the future and finishes with this statement.

If America is the world’s soldier, Germany its engineer, Brazil its farmer, China its manufacturer and India its service provider, then Britain can be the world’s doctor.

Everybody worried about the future of healthcare, should read this article.


June 30, 2015 - Posted by | Health

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