The UK government has more offices and staff in India than any other country in the world, including the US and China. India is important to the UK politically, economically. Over 5 million people of Indian-origin are in the UK so India is also very important culturally and socially as well, said Geoff Wain, British Deputy High Commissioner, Ahmedabad while addressing the 3rd Healthcare Summit Rajasthan recently.
“UK’s international health service is the world’s largest integrated health system. In England alone, it delivers 300 million family doctor consultations per year, conducts over 6 million delicate procedures annually and treats 1 million patients every 36 hours,” Wain said highlighting UK’s expertise in quality healthcare delivery.
In addition, the UK has 5 of the top 10 universities for clinical, pre-clinical and health studies, according to him. “The UK is acknowledged as a world leader in public-private partnerships. The UK Government fosters strong healthcare partnerships internationally,” he added.
Healthcare UK, a joint initiative of Department of Trade, Department of Health and NHS England, supports international partnerships in many areas of healthcare provisions.
“The UK is committed to help the Indian Government and State Governments for achieving universal healthcare goals including training and education of staff to deal with common challenges,” the British Deputy High Commissioner said.
“We have a formal Memorandum of Understandings between India’s Ministry of Health and UK’s Department of Health. A good example of this partnership is the India-UK Institutes for Health, where NHS and private companies are collaborating in this massive collaborative programme to establish 11 medicities and thousands of clinics across India.”
Underscoring the opportunities for India to gain from this partnership, he said: “This brings to India UK’s expertise in managing primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare. The UK has some of the most innovative startups operating in healthcare and many are keen to find partners and customers in India.”
“In healthcare education and training, the UK’s system ensures that every generation of healthcare professionals continue to learn and develop their skills to the highest possible standard. “If you need to develop the skills of your workforce, we have institutions to help make this happen,” Wain said.