From L- R: Consul General Aman Puri, High Commissioner of India to UK Ruchi Ghanashyam, Chair, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, Jacqui Smith, CEO, National Health Authority of India, Dr Indu Bhushan

Birmingham on Friday hosted a major conference that saw the participation of more than 120 key healthcare experts involved in healthcare delivery, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, research and innovations, industry and education from India and the UK.

The day-long conference was held at the ‘Queen Elizabeth Hospital’ and it discussed the potential areas of collaboration and identified effective models to take the relationship to the next level.

The conference was organised by the High Commission of India through the Consulate General of India in Birmingham and was supported by the University Hospitals Birmingham, NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Experts from both India and the UK discussed the challenges and opportunities in the healthcare sector and the conference also witnessed an active debate on healthcare research and innovation.

Chairing the conference, Jacqui Smith, Chair UHB Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomed the delegates and emphasised on how the partnership between India and the UK could be mutually beneficial.

High Commissioner of India to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, assured the conference that both governments were committed to supporting healthcare collaboration.

The session on pharma discussed the opportunities for British companies to invest in India, as the healthcare industry of the country was expected to grow to $280 billion by 2020.

Consul General of India, Birmingham Dr Aman Puri announced that this Conference was likely to become an annual feature.