BAPIO WEST MIDLANDS DIVISION LAUNCHED AT BIRMINGHAM IN A GLITTERING CEREMONY
Dr Prakash Sahay speaking to Lord Owen
BAPIO West Midlands division was officially launched in 2005 by esteemed consul General, High commission of India, Mr Nayan Prakash Sharma. Dr Kishore Gupta was the first chairman of the division followed by Dr Gyan Sinha in 2007.The division has, over the years, organised many educational and social activities. The high light has been the biggest annual event for BAPIO in 2011 at ‘International Convention Centre ‘attended by over 600 doctor family members. This event was unique as BAPIO initiated various other ethnic doctors organisations including Pakistani Doctors Forum. The event was attended by legendary cricketers Mr Sunil Gavaskar and Mr Imran Khan.
This division is working actively supporting the doctors of Indian Origin and has been recently reorganised in a hub and spoke manner which is a unique arrangement for BAPIO administration. The team is currently led by Dr Prakash Sahay, Chair and supported by various team leads for separate sections i.e., Dr Sajayan for policy and Administration wing, Mr Uday Kale for academic wing, Mr Divya Prakash for membership wing, Dr Anand Rischie and Dr Arun Dev Vellore for finance wing and Dr Piyush Kumar for social wing. Dr Kishor Tewary acts as ‘West Midlands administrative lead’ and is also responsible to co-ordinate activities of BAPIO locally and with the centre.
Dr Kishore Tiwary receiving award
Considering that doctors of Indian Origin are thousand miles away from their families and home countries; our goal is to be able to look after academic and work related need of BAPIO members in the division and organise cultural and social activities. The team is dedicated to support BAPIO at centre and MDS, its medico-legal wing.
The National conference “PMETB- opportunities and Challenges” was held at the Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Dr. Kishore Gupta welcomed the guests and delegates. Mr. Graham Comfort, Chairman of the Trust opened the meeting. He said being a New Zealander it is easy for him to understand the difficulties faced by overseas doctors. He admired the work being done by Indian doctors in the NHS. Dr. Umesh Prabhu described how the SAS doctors are the “Foot soldiers” and Dr Greg Dilliway gave update on the SAS contract negotiations. Dr. Gareth Holsgrove explained in detail the concept of PMETB and outlined the approach to application. The workshops by Dr. Ashok Beckaya, Dr. Virendra Puri and Dr. Gopal once again were very well received.
BAPIO West Midlands division was officially launched in the evening at a glittering ceremony by Mr. Narayan Prakash Sharma the Consul General of India. He appreciated the excellent work carried out by Indian doctors in UK. He also hoped that these doctors will consider investing in India which is now developing at a fast rate.
Guests were welcomed by well known Birmingham GP Dr. Prakash Sahay. Dr. Kishore Gupta, Chairman of the West Midland Division was very enthusiastic. “I am very impressed with the work done nationally by BAPIO and I hope our division will actively contribute” he said. Dr. Ramesh Mehta, national President and Dr. Umesh Prabhu, then national vice chairman expressed their best wishes.