Celebrating Britain's 101 Most Influential Asians 2021

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Dr Kailash Chand


AS ONE of the most influential British Asian doctors in the UK healthcare system, Dr Kailash Chand’s career has not been short of accolades.

The medic was the first Asian to be elected as deputy chair of the British Medical Association Council (BMA) representing 150,000 doctors in the UK; has received an OBE for his services to the NHS; is a senior fellow of the BMA;

was named ‘GP of the Year’ by the Royal College of General Practitioners and has been regularly named as being among one of Britain’s top 50 most influential GPs in the annual ‘National Pulse Power List.’

Although thankful for the recognition, Chand does not wish to be known for these achievements. “I want to be known as someone who is fighting for health equalities and for the recognition of the migrant workforce within the NHS,” Chand told the GG2 Power List.

“That is what I am passionate about.”

In 2020, the battle for equality became even more significant in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – and Chand was at the frontline. He was one of the first leaders in healthcare to highlight the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on ethnic minorities.

Last April, statistics were released regarding the number of deaths in hospital. Chand can recall seeing the high number of BAME health workers who had passed away from the virus.

“At that time, I remember seeing there were around 70 deaths (of healthcare workers) and the majority were from ethnic minority backgrounds,” he said. “That’s the first time I realised there was something terribly wrong.”

Although there were additional factors such as age, morbidities and underlying health issues, many believed that racism had an impact.

Studies showed some BAME health workers were finding it difficult to raise their concerns on the lack

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