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Sunday, May 5, 2013

British healthcare firms eye India opportunities

This story first appeared in DNA Money edition on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

A high-powered British delegation, comprising Kenneth Clarke, senior British Cabinet minister and the prime minister’s trade envoy for healthcare, is headed for India to explore ways and means of working together in healthcare and allied space. They will be in Mumbai and Chennai on May 6-7, 2013. 

In all, there will be 23 companies, including London Ambulance Service, Serco, TPP, Royal Free Hospital, BMJ, King’s College Hospital and Healthcare UK, and 30 delegates accompanying Clarke.

“Some of the prominent British companies are now being drawn to India to return the favour in kind. As a result of the National Health Service (NHS), people in Britain have some of the fastest access to general practitioners (GPs) in the world, the best coordinated care, and they suffer from the fewest medical errors,” he said.

In Mumbai, Clarke and the delegation are slated to meet state health minister Suresh Shetty and health ministry officials. They will also visit some of the prominent healthcare establishments viz. Healthspring and Global Hospitals. The Mumbai visit, in fact, is a build-up to the British PM David Cameron’s India visit earlier in February.

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