Dr Chaand Nagpaul CBE
Dr Chaand Nagpaul is a GP and senior partner in his practice in North London, which serves a large multi-ethnic community and where he has worked for over three decades.
He has dedicated his professional life to representing doctors in the UK, having been elected onto the BMAs GPs committee in 1996 and later becoming its chair between 2013-17. In 2017 he was elected as the first ethnic minority chair of the BMA UK council in its 190 year history and concluded his five-year term in June 2022.
As BMA Council chair, he visibly represented the medical profession both in the media and in crucial discussions with government and NHS leaders, and in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has long advocated for racial equality in medicine, and was one of the first national medical figures to publicly call out the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority communities and healthcare workers and demanded a government inquiry to address this. He is a board member of the NHS Race and Health Observatory. He is also chair of the BMA’s Forum for Racial and Ethnic Equality and led the BMA’s Racism in Medicine report in 2022.
He was recently appointed as a board member of the charity Doctors in Distress, which aims to protect and promote the mental health of all healthcare professionals and to prevent self-harm and suicide.
His national accolades include being awarded the CBE in 2015 for services to primary care, Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners and an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health. He is currently listed in the Health Service Journal’s top 50 most influential ethnic minority people in the NHS, and in Eastern Eye’s 100 most influential Asians in the UK.
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