Malcolm Grant, chairman of UKs largest healthcare system National Health Service (NHS), today held discussions with senior officials of the Health Ministry on issues related to the sector.
Grant, who is leading a high-powered trade mission to India comprising representatives of 23 British companies and NHS Trusts, was accompanied by Jane Grady, Deputy Director of Trade and Investments (UKTI) and Deborah Kobewka, managing director of Healthcare UK.
The UK delegations visit is part an agreement between both the countries to increase investment and co-operation in health and related sectors and to develop 11 joint health institutes.
Sources said that during the meeting, the UK sought the support of Indian government on medicities.
Senior Health Ministry officials said that there are many areas where the two countries can partner and learn from each other.
“We discussed on various topics including that of setting up of 11 health institutes. The process has started and various discussions were held on that. They are also keen on setting up the institute in Amravati,” a Health Ministry source said.
Earlier in the day, Grant said the United Kingdom can play a “significant” role in helping India work out the best healthcare solutions for its proposed smart cities.
The delegation, which was at the inauguration of the Smart Healthcare Demonstrator exhibition here today, will also visit Mumbai and Bengaluru.