§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the work of the British Healthcare Consortium in Russia.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The British Healthcare Consortium together with associated organisations concerned with construction, procurement, training and consultancy are offering a complete service package to regions in Russia to upgrade their health services. Currently, the main centre of activity is the Sverdlovsk region. Projects include the supply of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals and the construction of a theatre block for a new oncology hospital.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State went to Ekaterinburg in Sverdlovsk during a visit to Russia in April and was much impressed by the work the consortium is doing there.