‘Outstanding’ British-Indian frontline doctor found dead in hotel room


Dr Rajesh Gupta (Courtesy: Twitter)
Dr Rajesh Gupta (Courtesy: Twitter)

A BRITISH-INDIAN doctor working on the pandemic front line has been found dead in the hotel he was staying in to isolate away from his family.

Dr Rajesh Gupta, a consultant anaesthetist at the Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire was found dead earlier this week and the cause of his death is yet to be established.

“We are very sorry to pass on the sad news that our Frimley Health colleague Dr Rajesh Gupta has passed away,” Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said in a statement on Friday (29).

“Rajesh, who worked as a consultant at Wexham Park Hospital, was found on Monday afternoon in the hotel where he had been staying to protect his family while he worked with us during the coronavirus pandemic. At this stage, the cause of his death is not known,” the NHS Trust said.

It described Gupta as a “popular and well-known figure”, adding that his colleagues saw him as an “outstanding clinician with a passion for pain medicine”.

“They (colleagues) also say he was a gifted poet, painter, photographer and cook who was known for his enthusiasm, good nature and kindness. He wrote several books and contributed to a number of publications. He will be greatly missed,” the Trust said.

Gupta, who studied in Jammu before moving to the UK, is survived by his wife and a young son.

The Trust said that it is supporting his closest colleagues as the news of the sudden death has come as an “enormous shock” at his former workplace.