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 email@example.com. The information is correct to our best knowledge but please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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|