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Remembering the UK doctors who have died of covid-19

Healthcare workers are on the frontline of efforts to treat patients during this covid-19 pandemic. Sadly many healthcare workers across the world lost their lives to covid-19 while in the line of duty.

The BMA has been collecting the names of doctors in the UK who died while working during the pandemic. This page is a memorial to those lives lost. The list highlights especially the devastating toll on doctors from a Black and Minority Ethnic background, including many migrant workers on whom the NHS depends.

Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, The BMJ:

“This page honours doctors who have lost their lives working for the good of others under the most difficult of circumstances in this covid-19 pandemic. Each name represents an irreplaceable gap in a family and a workplace. No one should have to risk their lives or health because of their work, and we honour those who have paid this ultimate sacrifice. In doing so we commit to all efforts that will bring this pandemic to an end and that will ensure the safety and well being of everyone working on the front line of healthcare.”

Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair:

“The death of a fellow doctor is always tragic, but to lose so many at the hands of the virus is devastating. We offer our profound sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of these committed clinicians who cared for patients in the most challenging of times, battling against this highly infectious and deadly virus.

“They are the GPs and hospital doctors who treat us when we are sick, and they are our friends and colleagues, who dedicated their lives to the pursuit of helping people get better.

“The vast majority who have sadly died are from a BAME background, with many coming from overseas to contribute their valuable skills and expertise to the NHS to save the lives of others, only to tragically lose their own.

“During the pandemic the dedication, bravery and compassion of all healthcare workers has shone through in the fight against the coronavirus. We must never allow our BAME colleagues to be taken for granted or disadvantaged. The NHS has a duty of care to protect its workforce from harm.

“We are one profession, one medical family, and we grieve for all of the colleagues we have lost the world over.

“We owe them our gratitude, our respect, and a pledge that we will remember them.”

The BMA will hold a one minute’s silence at its Annual Representative Meeting on Tuesday 15 September, in remembrance of all NHS and care staff who have died during the pandemic. It will take place at 11am.

The BMA has verified the details of the doctors remembered here, but it may not be an exhaustive list. If you wish to inform us about any other doctors who have sadly died please contact covidmemorial@bma.org.uk. The information is correct to our best knowledge but please contact jdobson@bmj.com if you wish to report any inaccuracies.

Name Age Branch of practice Place of work
Dr Alfa Saadu 68 Consultant geriatric medicine Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Welwyn, Hertfordshire (working part-time after retirement)
Mr Amged El’Hawrani 56 ENT consultant University Hospitals of Derby and Burton
Mr Adil El Tayar 64 Transplant surgeon St George's Hospital, London
Dr Habib Zaidi 77 GP Eastwood Group Practice, Leigh on Sea
Mr Jitendra Rathod 63 Associate Specialist cardio-thoracic surgery University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
Prof Mohamed Sami Mahmood Shousha 80 Consultant, Histopathology Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Erwin Spannagl 58 Vascular surgeon Northwick Park Hospital Harrow, London
Dr Anton Sebastianpillai 75 Consultant, general internal medicine Kingston Hospital, south west London
Dr Abdul Chowdhury 53 Consultant urologist Homerton University Hospital, east London
Dr Fayaz Ayache 77 GP GP with North Clacton Medical Group and also ran an ear, nose and throat clinic at Ipswich Hospital
Dr Syed Zishan Haider 79 GP Valence Medical Centre, Dagenham
Dr Peter Khin Tun 62 Associate specialist, neurorehabilitation Royal Berkshire Hospital
Dr Edmond Adedeji 62 Locum working in Emergency Medicine Great Western Hospital
Dr Kamlesh Kumar Masson 78 GP Locum work across Grays, Basildon and Thurrock in Essex
Dr Krishan Gopal Aror 57 GP Violet Lane Medical Practice, Croydon
Dr Manjeet Singh Riyat 52 A&E Consultant Royal Derby Hospital
Mr Sadeq Elhowsh 59 Specialty Doctor in Trauma and Orthopaedics St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Medhat Sobhy Atalla 62 Consultant Geriatric Medicine Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Dr Vishna Rasiah 48 Consultant neonatologist Birmingham Women's and Children's trust
Dr Yusuf Patel 62 GP Woodgrange Medical Practice, Manor Park, London
Dr Nasir Khan 46 Consultant physician Dewsbury and District Hospital
Dr Furqan Siddiqi 50 Clinical Fellow, Burns and Plastics Manchester Royal Infirmary
Dr Craig Wakeham 59 GP Cerne Abbas Surgery, Dorset
Dr Tariq Shafi 61 Consultant haemotology Darent Valley Hospital
Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza 84 GP Old Road Medical Surgery, Clacton-On-Sea
Dr Saad Al-Dubbaisi 60 GP Garden City Medical Centre, Greater Manchester
Dr Poornima Nair 57 GP Station View Medical Centre, Co Durham
Dr Thaung Htaik 66 Consultant in General Medicine Manchester Royal Infirmary
Dr Abdel Wahab Babiker 70 Consultant Physician Scarborough Hospital
Dr Abdorreza Sedghi 44 GP trainee Lister Hospital, Stevenage
Dr Mohinder Dhatt 80 GP Kumar Medical Centre in Slough
Dr Mamoona Rana 50 Psychiatry registrar North East London Foundation Trust
Dr Rudresh Pathak 65 Consultant psychiatrist Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
Dr David Wood 74 GP West Shore Surgery, Llandudno
Dr Paul Kabasele 58 Senior specialty doctor Moorfields/ Croydon University Hospital
Dr Habibhai Babu 62 SHO in older people’s services Whipps Cross Hospital
Dr Thomas Oelmann 57 GP DHU Healthcare, Leicestershire
Dr Rajesh Kalraiya 68 Consultant paediatrician North East London Foundation Trust
Dr Krishnan Subramanian 46 Consultant anaesthetist Royal Derby Hospital
Professor Anthony Gershlick 69 Consultant cardiologist University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Professor Donal O'Donoghue 64 Consultant renal physician Salford Royal Hospital and Registrar at the Royal College of Physicians
Dr Augustine Obaro 62 GP Addison Road Medical Practice, Walthamstow
Dr Abdul-Razaq Abdullah 68 GP Rainham Health Centre, Havering

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