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Dr Chaand Nagpaul CBE
Dr Chaand Nagpaul CBE

Doctor, General Practitioner, Chair Council of British Medical Association

What a year 2020 has been for this pioneering GP. Dr Chaand Nagpaul CBE is the chair of the British Medical Association (BMA), the doctors’ union.

In 2017, he became the first south Asian to hold that office in the history of the association. But for decades this family doctor has been taking on governments to recognise and reward the work of GPs.

But his influence has never been in doubt. As early as 2013, the influential Health Service Journal listed him as the 25th most powerful person in the English NHS and included him in its list of 100 top clinical leaders in 2014.

The following year the north London doctor was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to primary care.

Nagpaul has been vocal about his members’ views that the government is mishandling the current pandemic.

From the very beginning of the first lockdown, he urged ministers and NHS leaders to protect health workers on the frontline.

Nagpaul also criticised them for “not having the backs” of black Asian minority ethnic (BAME) staff, who disproportionately contract and die from COVID


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