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NHS part of £250m China health trade mission

Deal will bring a state-of-the-art scanning equipment to the UK

Mark Gould

Friday, 23 December 2016

British organisations including an NHS hospital trust have signed deals worth more than £250 million during the largest ever healthcare trade mission to China, the Department of Health has announced.

In Shanghai, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt witnessed the signing of 11 agreements on healthcare between UK and Chinese companies which will see benefits for health services in both nations. The Royal Liverpool University Hospital and a Shanghai company have signed a contract to bring the world’s first 100,000 crystal PET-CT scanner to the UK. The machine will be housed within the hospital's new Northern Imaging Foundation Centre to provide both research and clinical benefit to the NHS.

In addition, a collaboration between University College London and the Shenzhen Government will provide cancer education, training and research. Representatives of 30 UK organisations participated in the mission, which was timed to coincide with the high level talks in Shanghai co-chaired by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP and Chinese Vice Premier, Liu Yandong.

During the mission, Healthcare UK (a joint initiative of the Department of Health, UK Trade and Investment and NHS England) renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with Zhejiang Health Commission on training and innovation and UK organisations were able to showcase their innovative solutions for integrated health and care services to their Chinese counterparts.

Other deals included an agreement between the British Medical Journal and Guangdong Family Doctor’s Association for the distribution of the BMJ’s Integrated Digital Solution for Doctors’ training nationwide.

A partnership between drugs giant GSK and online retailer Alibaba will also establish an innovative online platform to provide a cervical cancer prevention information service which will use social media to drive better disease awareness to encourage women to be vaccinated.

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