A partnership between health and care leaders in Northumberland and a leading group in China has taken a major step forward.
The contract for the first stage of a long-term collaboration between The Rongqiao Group in China and UK partners Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland County Council, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and architects BDP has now been signed.
The deal will see millions of pounds generated and re-invested in patient care in the UK and will lead to the introduction of joined-up health and care in state-of-the-art facilities in China.
The initial stage will see the UK partners supporting The Rongqiao Group with all elements of building a world-class, multi-specialty hospital with a cancer centre of excellence in Fuzhou, the capital of the Fujian Province.
Alan Richardson, chairman of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that the contract for the first stage of our partnership has been signed and we can move forward with our plans to support our colleagues in China.
“We look forward to working with them to progress a true NHS partnership approach to international development.”
The Rongqiao Group has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Northumbria for its next project – the development of a 500-bed, world-class, cancer hospital and community and elderly care services in Chongqing, south west China’s commercial capital.