Dr. Kailash Chand Bio/Wikipedia
Leading politicians and medical professionals have paid tribute to a renowned GP and NHS fearless defender Dr. Kailash Chand who died on Monday (July 26, 2021) at the age of 73.
Prof Kailash Chand was well-known for his long-standing commitment to the NHS, for which he was awarded an OBE, as well as his vocal criticism of government healthcare policies, particularly the recent removal of Covid limits.
He was 73 years old.
Anisha Malhotra is the wife of Kailash Chand. She was also GP. She died in November 2018. The Couple has 1 son named Aseem Malhotra. He is a cardiologist.
Greatly saddened that my beloved mum, GP and wife to @KailashChandOBE Dr Anisha Malhotra passed away this afternoon. Her extraordinary kindness and compassion only matched by the wonderful #NHS staff on the Cardiology unit in @tandgicft. R.I.P. Mama, you’ll always be in my heart pic.twitter.com/g6Zl3BuIsj
— Dr Aseem Malhotra FRCP (@DrAseemMalhotra) November 29, 2018
He was born and raised in India before coming to the United Kingdom in 1978.
Kailash Chand was selected to the Health Service Journal’s list of the top 50 black and minority ethnic healthcare pioneers.
He was also one of the few Asian doctors to be named to the GG2 Leadership Awards‘ “power list,” which honors high performers from those groups. Dr. Chand has since retired from his employment as a GP in Ashton and served as the British Medical Association’s deputy chairman.
In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for his contributions to healthcare. The doctor was born and raised in India before immigrating to the United Kingdom in 1978.
How Did Dr. Kailash Chand Die?
There has been no further information disclosed about Dr. Chand’s death.
Dr. Aseem Malhotra, Chand’s son, announced on Twitter that his father had died of a heart arrest at home late Monday afternoon. He said, “Can’t stop crying. Currently sitting on his bed. Completely and utterly heartbroken. The last of my immediate family was taken away from us much to early”
Can’t stop crying. Currently sitting on his bed. Completely and utterly heartbroken. The last of my immediate family was taken away from us much to early https://t.co/cu5gTxa5Q3
— Dr Aseem Malhotra FRCP (@DrAseemMalhotra) July 27, 2021
Following his passing, the BMA sent out a tweet, “Vice President, former deputy council chair, GPC member and staunch defender of the NHS, his was a life of service to his patients and fellow doctors and all at the BMA will miss him deeply.”
Ashton’s MP, Angela Rayner, tweeted, “This is such a devastating blow to our community. Rest in peace Dr Kailash Chand, a brilliant GP who was a fearless defender of our NHS campaigning against privatisation.”
Dr. Chand was a former Vice President of the British Medical Association, which offered a touching tribute to him on Twitter, “We are shocked and saddened to hear that Prof Kailash Chand OBE FRCGP has passed away,”
“Vice President, former deputy council chair, GPC member and staunch defender of the NHS, his was a life of service to his patients and fellow doctors and all at the BMA will miss him deeply.”
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn paid respect by writing,l “So sad at death of Dr Kailash Chand a true socialist who always defended our NHS. In his memory stop privatisation and create a National Care Service. RIP and thank you for a wonderful life of care.”
Andrew Gwynne, Labour MP for Denton and Reddish, stated on Twitter, “I’m so heartbroken to hear of the death of my good friend Kailash Chand.”
“A Tameside GP, an NHS campaigner, a socialist and a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Aseem and family. Rest in peace Kailash and may light perpetual shine upon.”
Very sad evening after learning that Dr Kailash Chand @KailashChandOBE passed away suddenly. You’d be greatly missed my friend and Comrade.
Thoughts are with the family and friends at this time. May your soul Rest in Perfect Peace 🙏🏿😥 pic.twitter.com/kkC0pgnMn1
— Ibrahim P-S (@IBPatSowe) July 26, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the news of Dr Kailash Chand OBE passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family. A true gentleman, local GP & inspiration for his work in support of the NHS – he is great loss to our local community. @TamesideCouncil pic.twitter.com/duMiXpA9jq
— NHS Tameside & Glossop CCG (@TGCCG) July 27, 2021