Celebrating 70 years of NHS
One third of doctors working in the NHS are of Indian origin. They are the 'workhorse' and backbone to the world's largest integrated health system. The British Deputy High Commission Hyderabad & KIMS Hospitals have hosted a quintessential British evening Reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is the world’s largest integrated health system, which provides universal healthcare, free to all qualifying UK residents at the point of clinical need. It treats over one million patients every 36 hours and performs over six million procedures per year.
Andrew Fleming, British Deputy High Commissioner Hyderabad, said:
‘As we celebrate the NHS’ 70th anniversary, this is a chance to reflect on the extraordinary contribution of Indian medical professionals to the NHS over seven decades and the close links that exist between our two healthcare systems. It is also an opportunity to celebrate future collaboration. The UK has developed some of the most innovative healthcare services and systems in the world. We want to work with close partners such as India in order to combine our respective expertise, jointly deal with new challenges and changing healthcare needs and embrace opportunities presented by the development of new technology. There are numerous, personal examples of the close links that exist between UK and Indian healthcare systems, including in Hyderabad itself. One example is that of Padma Shri awardee Dr P Raghu Ram, recipient of Dr.B.C. Roy National award and Director, KIMS-USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases. Hyderabad. '
Having obtained higher specialist training at some of the world-renowned Centres of excellence in the UK Dr P Raghu Ram and his wife Dr Vyjayanthi relocated to India in 2007. He has since established South Asia’s first free standing Breast Health Centre at KIMS Hospital. Dr Vyjayanthi heads the KIMS Fertility Centre - the largest Fertility Centre in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh.
Dr P Raghu Ram, Director, KIMS- USHALAKSHMI Centre for Breast Diseases, who organised the event said:
“Vyjayanthi & I are very fortunate to have been able to train in the NHS, and equally, grateful to the Board of Directors at KIMS Hospitals for giving us an opportunity to incorporate & exemplify the best of British practices into our sphere of work over the past decade.
On this very happy occasion, celebrating 70 glorious years of the NHS, we extend our heartfelt best wishes to the thousands of dedicated staff working in one of the most trusted and renowned public health services in the world.”