THE TACOS AND TORTILLAS may have been missing but there was definitely a taste of Mexico down Tooting way last week (Thursday 16 September) when health ministers from the Central American country paid a special visit to St George’s Hospital.

The delegation, led by Mexico’s Undersecretary of Innovation and Quality Dr Enrique Ruelas, included officials from the country’s Ministry of Health and health ministers from the three states of Tabasco, Guanajuato and Jalisco.

Dr Ruelas and his colleagues were given a warm reception by hospital staff, who spent the afternoon briefing them on the progress made by the trust in modernising care for its patients.

The visit, which was organised by the Department of Health, was the only one paid to a hospital during the delegation’s week-long fact-finding mission to the UK.

Speaking about his visit to St George’s, Undersecretary Dr Enrique Ruelas said:
“Visiting this hospital has been a very interesting experience. It has been very, very useful.

“The purpose of our visit was to learn more about your healthcare reform as we are going through major healthcare reform [in Mexico] as well.

“We were very impressed with not only the topics but the speed of change that you are taking in Great Britain and in this particular hospital.”