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Roundtable discussion and launch of the BAPIO Indo-UK Healthcare Policy Forum

High Commission of India and BAPIO came together to organize the first-ever high powered discussion on aspects of Healthcare collaboration between India and the UK. A Round Table discussion was organized to discuss the various strands of medical education and training, medical research and innovation, issues concerning Indian health professionals in the UK primary and public healthcare, bilateral investment in healthcare sector including in tertiary multi-specialty health facilities as well as primary health clinics with special focus on emerging techniques, artificial intelligence, etc.

The Round table saw participation of President Dr. Ramesh Mehta, National Chairman Dr. J. S. Bamrah, Dr Parag Singhal, Honorary Secretary BAPIO, senior representatives from Royal colleges, universities, award winners in various healthcare initiatives, specialists in public healthcare, pediatrician care, entrepreneurs and businessmen, healthcare companies, BMA and NHS. Senior officers from Uttarakhand Government also made a presentation on the state's attractiveness to British investments, particularly in healthcare sector.

The evening also saw the launch of the BAPIO Indo-UK Healthcare Policy Forum which aims to serve as a vehicle for implementing healthcare policies, shaping themes of debate in the two counties, identifying avenues joint-research, encouraging bilateral training programmes for healthcare professionals as well as strengthening health infrastructure by way of two-way investments.

The Forum will function closely with High Commission of India in taking up issues of concern to Indians in general, and India in particular, through its channels.

High Commissioner Mr. Y. K. Sinha, in his address said that as this new forum comes up, we need to explore ways to nurture and foster this very special India-UK relationship. He emphasized the need to appreciate doctors and health professionals of Indian origin as influential members of the communities they live in, who can play a significant role in advising the government and promoting bilateral ties.