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India and the UK establish a strategic partnership in healthcare

King’s College Hospital has become the strategic clinical partner for the first Indo UK Institute of Health in New Chandigarh.

Ajay Gupta is introduced to India's Prime Minister by Prime Minister David Cameron and Lord Maude, Minister for Trade and Investment

Backed by up to £100 million of private investment, the project is the first of a proposed 11 Indo UK Institutes of Health which will see high quality hospitals, nursing schools and medical colleges developed across India. When fully implemented, the initiative will amount to a £1 billion investment into India’s healthcare system.

The UK and Indian governments have set up an implementation taskforce to ensure closer collaboration and speedy implementation of these and other healthcare projects. These aim to bring the UK’s finest universities, companies and NHS organisations to India.

Healthcare UK assisted Kings College Hospital and Indo UK Healthcare Pvt Ltd to bring this exciting partnership to fruition. It will continue to support the development of the Indo-UK Institutes of Health.

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences welcomed the announcement which was made during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK from 12th to 13th November 2015.

It’s great news that King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has agreed to be the strategic clinical partner for the first Indo UK Institute for Health in New Chandigarh. This £100 million collaboration, a world first, is a sign of the huge global export market for the UK healthcare and life sciences sector.

I would encourage other UK companies, academic institutions and NHS organisations to work with Healthcare UK to engage in the Indo UK Institutes for Health project. As one of the fastest developing economies in the world, with over 1 billion people, India is fast becoming a vast market for UK health services and technology.

Contact Healthcare UK to find out more about the plans for the Indo UK Institutes for Health.

George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences welcomes the delegation from Indo UK Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Kings College Hospital and Healthcare UK
George Freeman, Minister for Life Sciences welcomes the delegation from Indo UK Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Kings College Hospital and Healthcare UK

About the Indo UK Institutes for Health

Lord Kerslake, Chairman of King’s College Hospital, said:

I am delighted that King’s College Hospital is part of this flagship project to develop greater collaboration between the UK and India in the all-important area of healthcare.

Over the years, Indian staff have made a vital contribution to developing the world-class reputation we are so proud of here at King’s.

I am thrilled that we are now able to share the expertise we have here in London to ensure patients in India have access to the highest-quality healthcare.

Dr Ajay Rajan Gupta, CEO of Indo UK Healthcare Pvt Ltd, added:

This project is all about bringing the ‘best of British’ healthcare to India - ‘NHS in India’.

As someone who has worked within the NHS as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon for a number of years now, I have seen first-hand how lucky the UK is to have such a fantastic service.

My ambition is to provide access to this fantastic service to as many of my fellow Indians as possible through the 11 Indo-UK Institutes of Health.

I thank Prime Ministers Narender Modi and David Cameron for their support for this innovative healthcare project in India which will benefit both the NHS and India.

Published 17 November 2015