Rai Mohan Baishnab
Rai was born on 28 May 1940 in Bangladesh. He studied at the Dakar Medical College in East Pakistan, coming to the UK in 1969 after qualifying. He came to the UK to undertake postgraduate training, wanting ultimately to get a post as a consultant. He decided, however, to go into general practice, finding work in Salford at a single-handed practice where he remained until he retired in 2008. He found work here difficult initially as the practice was situated in an area with high levels of crime and much deprivation; health problems were numerous and he had a heavy workload. Through his work he developed a reputation as a respected member of the local community, joining the Parliamentary Ombudsman panel and becoming an independent assessor of the Complaints Committee. He was also a member of the Overseas Doctors’ Association.
On working in a socially deprived area
Initially it was a nice place but after about 10 or 15 years the social conditions had deteriorated a lot and there was a lot of criminality around. Doctors couldn’t go to house visits because the cars were broken into. If the car is good it’s a doctor’s − a Mercedes or a BMW − and they are a target. Whenever I did a house call and took the car there I didn’t lock the car in a way to show that there was nothing in the car. You can open the door and see what you like!