The delegation was led by the President of BAPIO Dr Ramesh Mehta who was accompanied by the Vice-President of the Association Dr Satheesh Mathew and Director of Policy and Promotion, Mr Buddhdev Pandya MBE.
Dr Mehta described the meeting as a positive step in establishing relationship with the Department and the Secretary’s team to raise issues of concerns. “We welcome the openness with which the Secretary has responded and we will take the dialogue further”, observed Dr Mehta.
BAPIO has emphasised the role of the CQC inspectorate in ensuring that the Trusts are engaged in effectively delivering their management obligations to provide good governance. The team members, including
the chair of NW division shared their experiences with the SoS. The team also raised issues related to the shortage of GPs and Dentists as many trainees are unable to progress.
Dr Mehta also informed the Secretary that BAPIO is now piloting a partnering project with NHS Trusts with a view to encourage them to improve management of human resources, eventually aiding better patient care. BAPIO will be assisting the Trust in resolving issues at the early stages of disputes to prevent escalation of situations that lead to a loss of resources or are a financial drain on the system.
The Association hopes to have further meetings with senior officials of the DoH.
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