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Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the first ethnic minority Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA) Council and a General Practitioner for over 30 years, will be joining Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, RSM Trustee and Psychiatry Section President, for a conversation about his career and early beginnings.
As the political head of the professional association and trade union representing doctors across the UK, we will hear about his views on developing a supportive and collaborative NHS, and race equality in the health service. We will also discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact this had on the health and lives of frontline workers, and the UK Government’s response.
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Dr Nagpaul was born in Kenya and came to the UK together with his parents at the age of seven. He has been a GP for over three decades in North London, which serves a large multi-ethnic community. He has always been passionate and proud of the NHS and its values, which are based upon providing comprehensive, fair, and equitable care for all. His wife is also a doctor (GP) and his daughter is a final-year medical student.
A member of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee since 1996, he was elected its first ethnic minority chair in 2013 and successfully negotiated a significant increase in investment in general practice. Following this, in 2017, he became the first minority ethnic chair of the BMA council, representing the medical profession across the UK to government and policy makers.
As BMA Council chair, he led a major project, Caring, Supportive, Collaborative published in 2019, which describes a vision of a health service that is compassionate and supportive of its workforce, with a culture of learning rather than blame and rooted in collaboration between doctors and staff in general practice, the community and hospitals.
Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Nagpaul has led the BMA in crucial discussions on behalf of doctors with government and policymakers. He has a high national profile on television and broadcast media, using his platform as BMA Council Chair to ensure doctors’ voices have been heard by the public and key decision-makers alike. He was one of the first national medical figures to publicly call out the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the ethnic minority community and healthcare professionals and demanded a government inquiry to address this.
For many years, Dr Nagpaul has championed equality and fairness in healthcare. Now regarded as one of the leading advocates on tackling race inequality, he has also launched and chairs the BMA's first national forum for ethnic minority doctors and is also a board member of the NHS Race and Health Observatory.
He has received multiple national accolades including being awarded a CBE in 2015 for services to primary care, a Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health. Dr Nagpaul has also received numerous national awards, including being voted as the most powerful GP in the UK by Pulse magazine, featured in the Sunday Times “Top 500” list of most influential people in the UK and in the Health Service Journal’s top 10 most influential individuals in the NHS; and a GG2 ‘Hammer award: Breaking Glass Ceilings’ as an ethnic minority doctor in 2021.
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