Kailash Chand

Kailash was born in Shimla, in Northern India, in 1948. His father worked on the Indian railways and Kailash was educated in Punjab. He graduated in medicine from the Punjabi University Patialia and was employed as a medical officer in Kurukshetra University. Kailash was already married with two sons before coming to the UK to take up a clinical attachment at the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and also to study Tropical Medicine at Liverpool University.  He intended to return to his family once he had improved his qualifications. However, he decided to remain after his wife and children joined him in the UK and saw for themselves the high degree of care and attention his older son, who was born with Down’s Syndrome, received. Kailash worked for 25 years as a GP in Ashton under Lyne, receiving various accolades such as ‘Dedicated Doctor of the Year’ by Doctor magazine and ‘GP of the Year’ from the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is also a Senior Fellow of the British Medical Association and received an OBE for his services to the NHS. He is now retired both as a GP and as Chair of Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust. Kailash is now Deputy Chair of the BMA. Dr Chand has become the first Asian to be elected as Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association Council (BMA) representing 150,000 doctors in the UK.

Bridging cultural boundaries

Language, culture, understanding, everything was absolutely foreign and you learn very interesting things when you’re trying to get used to it, especially coming to Liverpool.  I remember once I was in A&E and a lady came with a small abscess and I said, 'the abscess has not matured yet, I’ll give you some antibiotics and you come back in four or five days'.  She was very agitated and started shouting, 'I want to die, I want to die'. I didn’t know what was going on. So I asked the sister in charge to come and said, 'I’m trying to do what is best for her and she is shouting and screaming'. So the sister said 'She is not saying that she wants to die, she is saying that she wants it today'!

Kailash Chand

India