NHS can import overseas ideas

The NHS could learn from innovative ways of delivering healthcare in developing countries, according to a former NHS chief executive.

Lord Crisp: health leaders in poor countries have learned to innovate
Lord Crisp: health leaders in poor countries have learned to innovate

Lord Crisp, now a crossbench member of the House of Lords, told an event at Anglia Ruskin University in Essex: 'Rich countries import trained health workers and export their ideas and ideology about health in poorer ones, whether or not they are appropriate or useful. What if we were to turn the world upside down?'

He said health leaders in poor countries 'have learned to innovate' and develop new approaches that are relevant for the rich and poor alike'.

Developed countries could import these ideas, and 'help poorer countries to train, in their own country, the workers they need for the future', he said.

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