ISLAMABAD: Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to UK, commended the positive role of over 14,000 Pakistani origin doctors in the National Health Service (NHS), UK.
He was speaking at the two-day International Medical Conference organized by the Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons (APPS) UK, at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), London.
The Conference was held to celebrate Pakistan’s 70th Independence Anniversary and was supported by the Pakistan High Commission, London.
The High Commissioner said that while we celebrate the achievements of the 70 years, it is time to reflect on the goals ahead. He said:
“While there are some outstanding individual achievements in Pakistan’s medical profession, the overall health sector demands a renewed focus in our country of 208 million people. It is encouraging to see that the government is currently focusing and allocating additional funds to revamp the entire health sector in the country. The last year’s initiative of the Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Programme (NHIP), has been expanded to 23 districts of the country for the underprivileged, which is a significant step forward.”
The High Commissioner also mentioned that the Government of Punjab held a Road Show on the Health Sector recently in London. He said that the Government of Punjab is offering Joint Ventures, Public Private Partnerships, Outsourcing, and Consultancy opportunities, to all interested.
The High Commissioner said he is confident that medical profession related entrepreneurs, specialists and consultants will make the best of wide ranging opportunities on offer in Pakistan. He offered High Commission’s services to extend any facilitation required in this regard.
The High Commissioner also felicitated Dr Suhail Chughtai, Chairperson APPS UK and all the office bearers of the APPS on organizing the Conference and hoped that two-day Conference will end with a positive outcome.
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) London collaborated with the APPS to organize the Conference. As many as 52 speakers belonging to the medical profession from UK, Pakistan, USA and the Gulf countries are speaking on various topics pertaining to modern healthcare. Medical Professionals from all specialities and allied healthcare workers (nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists) are attending the Conference.