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Dr Kamran Abbasi recognised as influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic leader

Dr Kamran Abbasi, editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, has been named by the HSJ as one of the 50 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in health.

Thanking the judges, Dr Abbasi said: “It’s great for all the people from ethnic minorities working in health that HSJ recognises the positive impact they are having.”

Introducing the list on the HSJ website, editor Alastair McLellan writes: “The vital contribution of effective and admirable leaders from minority ethnic backgrounds to the UK’s health and care services is slowly gaining more and more visibility.”

Dr Habib Naqvi, director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, which sponsored the list, described it as a timely acknowledgement of the importance of diverse leadership.

Other RSM members recognised

Another three RSM members were recognised by the HSJ. Dr Farzana Hussain, a GP and clinical director of Newham Central 1 Primary Care Network; Professor Lord Ajay Kakkar, chair, King’s Health Partners; and Professor Bee Wee, national clinical director for end of life care, NHS England and Improvement.

Congratulating the group on their achievements, Professor Roger Kirby, RSM President, said: "Diverse voices need to be heard in healthcare and we are delighted to see members of the RSM community recognised for their inspirational leadership."

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