The Bupa Cromwell Hospital is a private sector hospital located in the South Kensington area of London. The hospital was founded on 29 April 1981. The Cromwell Hospital has at various times been owned by the now discredited Bank of Credit & Commerce International and the Abu Dhabi royal family.
As of 2011, it is reported that almost half of the Cromwell Hospital's patients were from the Middle East.
Musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan was admitted to Cromwell Hospital on August 11, 1997 while passing through London on the way to Los Angeles USA in order to receive a kidney transplant. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest at the Cromwell Hospital on Saturday, August 16, 1997, aged 48.
The hospital is not currently independently surveyed and accredited by any of the major international healthcare accreditation schemes.
In 2013, the Chief Executive of Cromwell Hospital, Michelle Lahey, was implicated in a personal expenses scandal, with serious allegations that she had cheated Canadian taxpayers and the local health services in her home country of Canada out of money to access private treatment for herself in the USA. Furthermore there were numerous other serious allegations of substantial extravagance by Lahey when spending public funds.  Lahey's behavior and apparent freeloading at the Canadian taxpayers' expense was described by one senior Canadian politician as "disgusting."
Bupa's views regarding this scandal are not on record.
- Peter Pallot (21 May 2008). "Middle East focus for Cromwell Hospital". Daily Telegraph.
- Peter Pallot (19 Aug 2011). "Expat guide to Saudi Arabia: health care". Daily Telegraph.
- Ben Fenton (26 Nov 2005). "George was just natural and very nice . . . people liked him for that'". Daily Telegraph.
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