• Roll of Honour

    Obituary Column of NHS frontline staff who have fallen in the line of duty

    Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 52

    Consultant , London

    Abdul graduated from Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh in 1992, trained in Surgery and worked in Zimbabwe between 1998- 2001. Moving to England in 2001, he worked in the NHS, moving through the ranks within Urological Surgery.

    One of the colleagues said 'Abdul will always be remembered for his generous spirit, uncompromising integrity and his dedication to his patients and family.'

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    Adil El Tayar, 64

    Transplant Surgeon, London

    Adil El Tayar was born in Atbara in northeast Sudan in 1956, the second of 12 children. "He was always so serious, so focused," Hisham remembers. "He wanted to do medicine early on, because it was a good career in a third-world country." He had a calm, caring disposition. "Never in the years I knew him, did I ever hear him raise his voice."

    But Adil's children always felt that he had time for them. "No matter how tired he was, he would always get home from work and make sure he spent time with each of us," says his daughter Ula, 21. "He cared about family life so much."

    Alfa Saadu, 68

    Geriatrician, London

    Alfa Saadu had been a medical director at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Essex and Ealing NHS Trust and worked at many hospitals in the capital.

    Tributes have been paid to Dr Saadu, including from the former president of the Nigerian Senate. "He was a very passionate man, who cared about saving people. "As soon as you spoke to him about medicine or what was happening with the NHS his eyes would light up - he was very passionate. "He worked for the NHS for nearly 40 years in different hospitals across London and he loved to lecture people in the world of medicine, he did so in the UK and Africa."

    Amged El-Hawrani, 55

    ENT Surgeon, Burton-on-Trent

    Amged was born in Sudan in 1964, the second of six boys. His father Salah was a doctor, and in 1975 the family moved to Taunton, Somerset, before settling in Bristol four years later.

    Craig Wakeham, 59

    GP, Dorset

    Dr Wakeham had led the village practice for 30 years. He was also the Chief Clinical Information Officer at NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). He was famous as 'Fantastic GP'.

    On a social media website, the chief executive at Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust, said: "Craig was a fantastic GP, always professional, kind and dedicated. Dorset will be poorer without him."

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    Habib Zaidi, 76

    GP Essex

    Habib Zaidi was born and trained in Pakistan before moving to UK. His daughter Sarah Zaidi told the BBC: "For that to be the thing that took him is too much to bear. It is reflective of his sacrifice. He had a vocational attitude to service.

    On Facebook, one patient said: "A kinder more caring gentleman, doctor and friend you would be hard to find."

    Two years ago Dr Zaidi won an excellence award from the NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group, which described him as a "legend" who was "highly revered by staff and patients alike".

    Jitendra Rathod, 58

    Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cardiff

    Jitendra Kumar Rathod, who gained medical qualifications from Bombay University in 1977, then moved to the UK. The Cardiff & Vale health board said he had worked in the department of cardio-thoracic surgery since the mid 1990s and had a brief stint abroad before returning in 2006.

    The tribute to the married father-of-two added: "He was very compassionate and a wonderful human being. His commitment to the specialism was exemplary.

    Manjeet Singh Riyat, 52

    Consultant, Derby

    Manjeet Singh Riyat was a hugely respected consultant and was described as ‘father of the emergency department’ at the Royal Derby hospital.

    Riyat qualified from the University of Leicester in 1992, before going on to train in emergency medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Lincoln County hospital.

    He joined the Royal Derby in 2003, where he became the first Sikh to be appointed as an emergency medicine consultant in the UK.

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    Prof Mohamed Sami Shousha, 79

    Consultant, London

    Professor Shousha was a consultant histopathologist and research fellow at Charing Cross Hospital since 1978 and Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, London. He was a prominent British-Egyptian doctor .

    "He was very keen on going to work on his final days despite the health hazards," his nephew told Middle Eastern Eye.

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  • Kailash Chand OBE 

    A doctor, a gentleman and a saint! May his soul rest in eternal peace. 

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