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Chaand Nagpaul: Happiest at Ronnie Scott’s

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2066 (Published 22 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2066


Chaand Nagpaul has been an eloquent voice in medical politics for more than two decades and is a leading figure in the BMA, renowned for his clarity and reasoned argument with a conviction for NHS values, fairness, and equity. He was elected chair of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee in 2013 at a critical time when relations with government had broken down, resulting in a harsh GP contract imposition. He negotiated a reversal of most of this imposition within the same year and has increased the committee’s visibility, credibility, and influence. He is a passionate advocate of general practice, fighting for its recovery from the crisis in workload, workforce, and morale facing the profession and warning that failure to do so threatens the future of the NHS itself.

What was your earliest ambition?

To be a professional chess player; I used to study the moves of grandmasters for hours and played competitively. It’s taught me life skills of logical thinking, strategic planning several moves ahead, and looking at the endgame—not just at the immediate hurdle facing you.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

The exemplary character of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, which I read at school. An inspiring depiction of a lawyer putting …

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