The UK Government has just signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Government to facilitate the implementation of healthcare projects across India. The UK will be using the expertise and skills of NHS organisations, universities and companies to bring its healthcare expertise and knowledge to India.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be partnering with the Indo UK Institute of Health (IUIH) Programme to deliver integrated healthcare across 100 Indian cities as part of the Smart City initiative undertaken by the Indian Government.
Healthcare UK, an initiative between NHS England, the Department of Health and the Department for International Trade, was responsible for facilitating the collaboration between the trust and the IUIH Programme. It is envisaged that this collaboration will also benefit UK companies and healthcare contractors as they will enjoy several business opportunities in India in the near future.
Healthcare UK Managing Director Deborah Kobewka stated that Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides superior care to one of the biggest and most rural parts of England, and this makes it the ideal partner to offer its expertise to India.
Kobewka went on to state that the benefits from this overseas collaboration could be reinvested in Britain to improve healthcare services. Furthermore, Healthcare UK is eager to help British organisations, including healthcare contractors and other private and public organisations, to spread their wings internationally in emerging markets such as Latin America, China, Brazil, Turkey and the Middle East.
IUIH Programme Managing Director Dr Ajay Rajan Gupta stated that this collaboration was an important milestone in bringing about a change in the way that healthcare is perceived in India, and this change would benefit millions of Indians. The organisation is keen to take the expertise that the NHS has to offer and was certain that Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was the best choice for this endeavour.
This move to collaborate with Indian healthcare organisations is seen as Prime Minister Theresa May’s larger strategy for the country after Britain exits the European Union. The Government wants to forge stronger ties with countries outside the EU.