BAME groups need better access and more compatible services: Dr Samara Afzal

DR SAMARA AFZAL is a GP at the Limes Medical Centre in Stourbridge and the Urgent Care Centre at Russell’s Hall Hospital. She works in an inner-city surgery with a lot of deprived patients, many among them are south Asians. She be­came a GP three years ago after training in various hospital departments. Dr Afzal […]

Asian doctor feels ‘privileged to be making a difference’

AN ASIAN doctor has said her career in medicine sets her “soul on fire” as she re­vealed she’s fortunate to get paid for what she loves doing. Dr Farzana Hus­sain is a GP at Pro­ject Surgery, Ne­wham, and is one of 12 NHS workers who was photographed by Rankin, as part of a project by […]

‘The NHS owes a debt of gratitude to its Asian staff’

  By Nadeem Badshah THE NHS marks its 72nd birthday on Sunday (5), a welcome celebration after the most challenging year it has endured in its history due to the coronavirus crisis. For the estimated 118,000 doctors, nurses and staff from south Asia working on the frontline in the battle against Covid-19, it will be […]

Book by writer Hamed Amiri focuses on NHS’ dedication to saving life of his brother

By Amit Roy THIS is a sad story, which is also a very inspiring one, about how the NHS did its best to look after Hussein Amiri, who arrived in Britain in 2001 as a 14-year-old refugee from Afghan­istan with his parents, Mohammed and Fariba, and his young­er brothers, Hamed and Hessam. The family fled […]

Family of Asian doctors is dedicated to serving the NHS

by LAUREN CODLING THE daughter of an NHS doctor has praised her father for inspiring her to pursue a career in medicine, noting the contribution of migrants and their children to the beloved health service. Dr Binita Kane’s father Professor Bim Bhowmick is a specialist in geriatric medicine, who served in the NHS for more […]

Asian doctors who dedicated their lives to serving the NHS

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai, Kingston Hospital Dr Anton Sebastianpillai was a “hugely respected” NHS geriatrician and author in his 70s, who died on April 4 at Kingston Hospital, where he served as a consultant. President of the British Geriat­rics Society, Professor Tash Mas­ud, said Sebastianpillai’s death was “heartbreaking”, adding that he was a doctor who had […]

‘Right messaging vital for Asians’

By Barnie Choudhury GETTING the trust and confi­dence of south Asians are vital to winning the battle against dis­eases which are more wide­spread in their communities. That is the warning from Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the chair of the doctors’ union, the British Medi­cal Association. Speaking exclusively to Eastern Eye, Nagpaul said public health messages needed […]

‘Migrants helped build our NHS’

By Julian M Simpson THE NHS turns 72 on Sunday (5). On such occasions, the role played in its history by migrants from South Asia and elsewhere is often marginalised. Look at the timeline published on the BBC website for its 70th anniversary and you will get little sense of how dependent the insti­tution has […]

Doctor hopes appreciation for NHS continues post Covid

by LAUREN CODLING AN A&E doctor has expressed hope the general public will continue to appreciate the NHS, as the Covid-19 crisis begins to ease. Dr Gejen Kamalatharan, 30, works in emergency medicine (A&E) at Northwick Park Hospital, greater London. He has been on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic, treating countless patients who have […]

Asian doctor praises NHS for ‘sense of belonging’

by LAUREN CODLING AN NHS doctor has praised the health service for giving him a “sense of belonging”, as the beloved institution marks its 72nd birthday on Sunday (5). Dr Mohan Bhat is the associate medical director and consultant old age psychiatrist for the Older Adults Mental Health Team & Memory Service at Broad Street […]