Minister Dr James Reilly to visit China to promote health co-operation

The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly will, next week, visit China at the invitation of Mr Chen Zhu, the Minister of Health of the People’s Republic of China. Dr Reilly has accepted Minister Chen Zhu’s invitation to speak at a major conference in Beijing. The week long visit, against the background of developing Sino-Irish relations, will also involve a range of Irish medical institutions and the National University of Ireland Galway.

Minister Reilly and Minister Chen Zhu will take the opportunity to sign a renewed Memorandum of Understanding between Ireland and China on cooperation in the health sector. Minister Reilly will also witness the signings of Memoranda of Understanding involving NUIG based Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) and two Chinese bodies.

Minister Reilly will be a keynote speaker at the China Health Forum in Beijing. Established in 2010, the Forum brings together senior health administrators, health institution executives, representatives from health industry, experts and scholars. This year, the Forum will focus on health care reform, prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and sustainable health development. ( See www.chf-bj.org/en/)

Among the groups taking part in the trip will be the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, the Royal College of Physicians Ireland, An Bord Altranais and the Irish College of General Practitioners. As contributors to the China-Ireland Workshop in Beijing the visit will offer the groups significant opportunities for boosting Irish/Chinese cooperation and collaboration in the health sectors in each country.

Commenting on the visit, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that “Coming after the February visit of the Chinese Vice President, Mr Xi Jinping to Ireland and the visit of the Taoiseach to China in March, Minister Reilly’s visit will be an opportunity to add further impetus to the development of the broad bilateral relationship between China and Ireland, specifically in the health sector”.

The itinerary also includes visits to Beijing Children’s Hospital, TEDA International Cardiovascular Hospital, a community health centre and Peking Union Medical College Hospital. The Minister will conclude the trip with a visit to Yanda International Healthcare City.

Note to Editors

The delegation accompanying the Minister includes representatives of the following bodies: