April 04, 2007

Health Minister assures help for NRI Doctors in UK

India has said it will write to Britain to treat NRI doctors "fairly and equally" and assured the medicos who could be affected by new immigration rules that they would be provided assistance in finding appropriate jobs if they return to the country of their origin.

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told representatives of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) here that he would personally write to British Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt asking her "to ensure that Indian doctors are treated fairly and equally."

Commending BAPIO's work for doctors of Indian origin in the UK, Ramdoss, himself a doctor, assured the organisation that "Government of India will provide assistance in finding appropriate jobs for doctors who want to return to India." He also promised to work on ensuring their British qualifications and training get proper recognition.

"We are very happy to meet the minister and were impressed with his understanding of the issues facing Indian doctors in the UK. BAPIO is grateful for all the Government of India is doing to help the affected doctors," Dr Ramesh Mehta, president of BAPIO, said in a statement here.

Dr Raman Lakshman, Vice-Chair for Policy, said, "We are confident this meeting has set in motion the beginnings of a close and fruitful relationship between BAPIO and the Government of India."

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