COMMERCIAL: Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust has seen an upsurge in private work from abroad because of the relatively weak pound on the currency market.

Finance papers released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal “benefits” to the trust from the foreign exchange rate, but says these “are not projected to continue”.

It is not known how much of the trust’s £1.1bn income comes from private work, but the month 11 2012-13 finance report said “development bid costs and establishment of new projects £458k and private patient activity is £721k ahead of plan.”

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