On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Nara Chandrababu Naidu and Ms. Anupriya S Patel, MoS, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, unveiled the foundation stone of Indo UK Institute of Health (IUIH) Medicity that’s coming up in 150 acres at Amaravati, the new state capital, with an investment of Rs 1600 crores.
Mr. Naidu began his address by thanking the farmers who’ve given the land for the new state capital which was attracting global talent and investments into projects like the IUIH Medicity. He said that IUIH Medicity Amaravati will make the new state capital a medical tourism destination. He thanked Lord Robert Kerslake, Chairman, King’s College Hospital and Dr. Ajay Rajan Gupta, MD & Group CEO, IUIH, for agreeing to make Amaravati facility the headquarters for all 11 medicities coming up in India. He added that with this project, Amaravati gets its largest investment in health sector.
In her address, Ms. Patel stressed upon the need for developing innovative research programmes in healthcare that’ll propel India’s medical tourism potential further. “Andhra Pradesh is redefining access to health by making advanced medical treatments available at affordable prices, boosting medical tourism. We are hopeful of a bright future as the UK’s NHS is one of the finest healthcare systems in the world. I am glad that Andhra Pradesh has got the UK’s expertise in training, research, innovation and clinical delivery, the forefronts of any modern healthcare system,” she said.
Delivering the welcome address, Dr. Ajay Rajan Gupta, MD & Group CEO, IUIH, said, “A project that we started 18 months ago is into development phase today. Through this we would be training 5000 doctors and 25000 nurses, and the students would benefit from world-class organizations of the UK including King’s, Sheffield and others. It is notable that King’s College Hospital, established in 1840, with nearly 200 years of legacy is stepping outside the UK for the first time and setting up operations in India. Besides the 1000-bed hospital, we shall have a medical college for 200 students, a nursing college, research & development centre for stem cells, robotics, oncology and allied specialities.”
“We are in discussion with 40 top NASDAQ listed companies like Amazon, Google, IBM, Zimmer, Medtronics, Toshiba, Canon, GE, Philips, Johnson & Johnson to open up their manufacturing facilities and centres of excellence here in Amravati in accordance with Prime Minister’s Make in India initiative,” he added.
Rt Hon’ble Andrew Mitchell, Member of Parliament, UK, said, “This is the largest healthcare project in the world with an investment of GBP 1 billion and will help transform lives of millions of people. It is in the finest tradition of long standing relationship between India and the UK.”
Mr. Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai, said, “NHS, as per a recent study, has been rated as the best healthcare system in the world when compared to healthcare systems in several countries including USA, Australia, Canada, France and Germany. We wish to share our expertise with India especially in terms of creating smart healthcare; designing and managing healthcare facilities; information systems in place for best possible patient care, ensuring highest quality of service.”
Lord Robert Kerslake, Chairman, King’s College Hospital, London, said, “We are delighted to be a part of this initiative. We will work incredibly hard towards making it a success and shall strive for delivering same standards of healthcare here as we do at King’s College Hospital, London.”
Mr. Kamineni Srinivas, Minister of Health & Medical Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh and Mr. Haden Spicer, First Secretary, Department of International Trade, British High Commission in India were other important guests present at the occasion.
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