Meher Pocha

Meher was born in October 1946 in Bombay, now Mumbai, where she attended medical school and obtained a Diploma in Child Health (DCH) and an MD in Paediatrics. She came to the UK in December 1974 on a Commonwealth medical fellowship to carry out research, both at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. Meher then worked as a Registrar at the Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool and married in 1978. She went into community paediatrics, working as a Medical Officer, then Senior Medical Officer for St Thomas’ Community Paediatric Service and then for St Mary’s Hospital community service in Paddington, London. In between she worked part time in North Hertfordshire until her children were at school full-time. In 1992 she took up a post as Consultant Paediatrician at Bedford Hospital and the Child Development Centre in Kempston. She was Clinical Director for the Hospital and Community Paediatric Departments in Bedford and Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children in Bedfordshire before her retirement in 2007. She continues to work two days per week as a consultant paediatrician in Luton.

It’s just a sari!

People assume that if you're Indian or foreign, they won't understand what you say. I used to go to a post office quite close to the hall and if I was wearing trousers or a dress, no problem. If I went in a sari, almost before I'd said what I wanted the guy would say, 'Pardon?'. So I just stopped repeating until he had heard and it was clear but it was just an automatic assumption. That was quite interesting. I thought, this guy thinks he won't understand what I say because I'm wearing a sari.

Meher Pocha

India