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Healthcare experts explore UK-India Ayushman Bharat tie-ups

Press Trust of India  |  London 

experts from and the UK gathered for a first-of-its-kind conference in to explore opportunities emerging after the Indian government's Ayushman Bharat initiative.

The conference, which was organised at the in by the in the UK, of in and of Indian Industry (CII) last week, brought together around 120 experts to deliberate upon workforce challenges and analyse the scale of exchange possible in the field of

Jacqui Smith, of UHB Hospitals Foundation Trust, set the tone of the conference by emphasising on "mutually beneficial" partnerships on offer for and the UK in the sector.

The (UHB) Foundation Trust is a National Service foundation trust in the UK.

"The current has put a strong emphasis on for all Indians and this has already led to new research and development in healthcare initiatives," said Andy Street, the of

"There couldn't be a better time for us to explore synergies and potential partnerships between India and the on life sciences," he said, in reference to the key focus area of life sciences.

The Indian to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, said India and the UK must work together to address current challenges faced by both economies.

"India has been able to provide world class medical treatments at one of the most competitive prices," she said, adding that India's traditional systems of medicines had a lot to offer the world.

The National Authority of India (NHAI) laid out the various facets of Ayushman Bharat, described as the one of world's largest which is expected to benefit over half a billion people.

NHAI said the initiative was a "game-changer", which offers public and private a chance to collaborate in the field. The collective bargaining power of 500 million people will drive demand for high from both private and government providers, he noted.

DS Rana, of in New Delhi, said his institution was keen to partner with British counterparts to address the challenge of shortage of skilled manpower in both countries.

The India-UK Healthcare Conference, backed by the UK's state-funded National Service (NHS), also explored opportunities for British companies to invest in India to tap into the "healthcare revolution" in the country, where the size of the industry is expected to grow to USD 280 billion by 2020.

"The is well placed to play a crucial role in strengthening global The education and training the NHS is able to offer will offer countries such as India a great opportunity to develop a skilled workforce, which is able to meet the needs of not only individual professional aspiration, but also the needs of the healthcare system," said Prof Kiran Patel, Medical Director, NHS England

"Indians form the single largest group among serving in the NHS. No doubt, they can become the catalyst for taking UK-India collaboration to another level," said of India in Birmingham Aman Puri, who also revealed that the conference is likely to become an annual feature in the city's calendar.

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First Published: Mon, March 25 2019. 20:20 IST