By Staff writer
VPS Healthcare announces plan to open cancer centre using Proton Beam Therapy in 2017
VPS Healthcare, a UAE-based healthcare services provider, has announced its expansion into the UK health sector with a new "super-speciality" hospital focused on cancer treatment.
The new hospital will be the first private facility in the UK to offer Proton Beam Therapy - a type of radiotherapy that uses sub-atomic particles to attack cancer cells with less damage to surrounding tissues than conventional radiotherapy.
The new centre, based in West London, will open in 2017 with a bed capacity of 150 and will be supported by around 1,000 staff in jobs ranging from administration, support and service roles to leading specialist healthcare professionals, VPS said in a statement.
The investment has been welcomed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who last year launched MedCity, an initiative to drive forward life sciences research and development, entrepreneurship and commercialisation in England’s greater south east.
He said: “This is a tremendous vote of confidence in London’s thriving life sciences sector as well as the skills and talent of our amazing healthcare professionals. London is a world leader in medical sciences and through MedCity we are working to generate the jobs and growth that will propel this important sector to even greater things.”
Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, the founder and managing director of VPS, added: “At a time when the Middle East’s healthcare sector is undergoing a phase of rapid growth, the entry of VPS into the UK market is testament to the world-class technological innovation and healthcare expertise stemming from the region.
"VPS has been encouraged by the UK Government’s ongoing policy to support health and pharmaceutical companies, and we believe that our investment in this dynamic sector will not only ensure that we play a key role in supporting this initiative, but will also help to grow and develop the next generation of medical breakthroughs.”For all the latest health tips & news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.