India and UK Discuss Healthcare Workforce Mobility at World Health Assembly

GG News Bureau
Geneva, 29th May. 
Apurva Chandra, Union Health Secretary, held a bilateral meeting with Lord Markham, Parliament Under Secretary of State, United Kingdom, on the sidelines of the 77th World Health Assembly of WHO in Geneva on Tuesday. The discussions focused on critical issues related to the mobility of healthcare professionals between the two countries.

The meeting addressed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the UK, specifically concerning the movement of healthcare workers to the UK. India highlighted the ongoing development of two digital portals aimed at facilitating the mobility of the healthcare workforce to other countries and promoting medical value travel.

Additionally, India emphasized enhancing bilateral cooperation in the pharmaceutical sector to tackle the challenges faced by the Indian pharma industry in complying with multiple regulatory systems in the EU and the UK. The discussion also covered critical issues related to International Health Regulations and the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body, with both countries exchanging views on these topics.

Ms. Hekali Zhimomi, Additional Secretary, Union Health Ministry, and other senior officials of the Union Health Ministry were also present during the meeting.

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