India Healthcare Summit 2017 at British Parliament, London
On 12th September, Healthcare service providers from UK and India, policymakers from UK and India, Members of House of Lords & House of Commons gathered at the UK Parliament to exchange healthcare related information as the two nations seek ways to extend access, improve quality, and lower the cost of care to their citizens.
The healthcare system in India is vastly different from that of the UK, not just from the
perspective of government spending, but also from the perspective of consumer
preferences. While the Indian government spends 4.7 % of the GDP on healthcare, the UK
government’s total expenditure on healthcare as a proportion of GDP is 9.1%. The people in India prefer to go to a private healthcare provider, despite the high cost and the presence of government hospitals in all districts, which are supposed to offer free healthcare. This is because there is a major gap between the quality and access to facilities and therefore, people prefer to spend their life savings in private hospitals so as to get better healthcare facilities. In the UK, the majority of the people prefer to go to publicly funded National Health Services (NHS) for the majority of their treatments, as people seem to be satisfied with the quality and access to the facilities provided by the NHS. Healthcare service providers from UK and India, policymakers from UK and India, Members of House of Lords & House of Commons gathered at the UK Parliament on 12th September to exchange healthcare related information as the two nations seek ways to extend access, improve quality, and lower the cost of care to their citizens.
Panel discussions during the summits focused on opportunities that are available in Indo UK healthcare corridor, role of medical apps in health care reforms, necessity of developing world class healthcare in tier 2 and 3 cities in India, innovations in healthcare which can help healthcare providers to optimize their resources, improving patient outcome and experience, benefits of Ayurveda and ethical sustainable healthcare. Some of the British MPs who participated in the summit included Lord Swraj Paul; Mr.Virendra Sharma MP ( Ealing Southall ); Baroness Verma - Former Energy & Climate Change Minister and former International Development Minister, United Kingdom and Mr.Bob Blackman MP (Harrow East).
The summit aimed to establish an understanding of major health industry challenges and
opportunities in India and UK/ Europe. The objective of the summit was achieved as the
conversation during the summit helped to promote the exchange of knowledge, ideas and
experiences among current and future healthcare service sector leaders from India and
Mr.Virendra Sharma MP, the Chairman of Indo British All Party Parliamentary group, welcomed the delegates attending the business meet. EICBI Chair Mr Sujit Nair and
Anchor Pallavi sundareshan hosted the meet.
The panel discussion on opportunities for India UK healthcare partnerships looked at various scenarios for healthcare providers from UK and healthcare partnerships looked at various scenarios for healthcare providers from UK and India to work together. Experts who were part of the panel discussion also mentioned about their current work in UK and India. The panellists included Dr Sushma Acquilla - Vice Chair - Global Health Committee, Faculty of Public Health; Mr.Mike Nithavrianakis - Group International Advisor, Aster DM Healthcare; Dr Umesh Prabhu - Former Medical Director of NHS; Mr.Marc Ramaer - Group Commercial Director – Industry, Indo UK Institute of Health;
This session was followed by presentation by Dr Sachin Gothi – Founder, Happy pregnancy Global initiative/ Consultant Gynaecologist on how medical apps can help
to close the gap between doctors and patients and thereby, play a lead role in health care reforms. The next presentation by Dr. Mayank Somani - CEO, Medics Super
Speciality focused on those opportunities which are available for healthcare providers so as to develop world class healthcare in tier 2 and tier 3 cities of India. Following this, the next panel discussion focused on how innovations in healthcare can help healthcare providers in making better use of their resources. The panelist discussed about various healthcare mobile applications which they are working on in order to enable healthcare providers to optimize their resources. The panelists included Dr. Claire Novorol - Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Ada Digital Health Ltd; Dr Sheldon Steed – Founder –
Mumoactive; Dr Asif Qasim - Founder & CEO, MedShr; Mr.Ghalib Khan - Co-founder, Written Medicine and Dr Sachin Gothi – Founder, Happy Pregnancy Global initiative.
The following panel discussion looked at how healthcare organizations focuses on sustainable development, respecting the needs of the individual, society and the environment and also support good business practices. The panelists included Dr. Sukhbindar Singh Sibia – Director, Sibia Medical centre; Mrs Nadra Ahmed OBE – Chair, National Care Association and Dr Helen Susan Crawley– Medical Director, Royal College of General Practitioners International, South and South East Asia; The next panel discussion focussed on various initiatives followed by organisations to improve patient outcome and enhance their experience while visiting a healthcare provider. The panellists included Ms.Jean Hardiman smith - Hon Secretary, Socialist Health Association; Mr.Harish Haridas – Founder , MobD / Vice Chairman, Lords Hospital; Mr Peter
Bailey - Technology and Process Lead, Circle Health and Dr Amita Agarwal – Head, Dr Batra’s Clinic UK. The final panel discussion at the summit focussed on Ayurveda and
its benefits. The panel discussion was led by Dr.Amarjeet S Bhamra - Lead Secretariat, All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences and included Ayurveda experts including Prof Madan Thangavelu and Prof Venkat Joshi
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