Dr Kailash Chand OBE, one of the senior most GPs from the British Asian community, was conferred with a post of an Honorary Vice-President of the British Medical Association (BMA) for his ‘life time services to the fraternity’ and NHS…reports Asian Lite News
Dr Chand is the first Asian to achieve this honour. He is the chair of Healthwatch Tameside and a former deputy chair of BMA Council. Dr Chand is a regular contributor to leading national newspapers including the Guardian highlighting the crisis in primary care, funding of the NHS, privatisation, and a range of other issues.
Dr Chand is a staunch opponent of the privatisation of the NHS and quoted as saying: “Healthcare needs to be a matter of right, regardless of the ability to pay for it, and this has to be a global principle.”
Regarding his priorities, Dr Chand told Asian Lite that he will fight for getting enough funds for primary care.
“In the community, general practice is on life support; as more is demanded of it, the proportion of the NHS budget that goes to primary care has effectively shrunk,” DR Chand said. “Primary care provides 90% of the consultations in the NHS yet only gets 8% of the budget. GPs are leaving, and new entrants are declining to enter general practice.”
“The most worrying aspect of the government delivering the lowest additional funding increase to the NHS in its history has been the knock-on effect on patients, in terms of treatment and facilities available. More than 13,000 beds have been closed, cutting the capacity of the NHS by five million a year. So bad was 2016, that nine former health secretaries condemned the government for failing to live up to its promises on mental health.”
Dr Chand is also concerned about the backdoor privatisation of NHS services.
“As the health service’s budget faces greater pressure than before, it is difficult to ignore the toll the intrusion of the free market has taken,” Dr Chand said. “Last year, £13bn of healthcare was purchased from non NHS providers, a 76% increase since 2010. Given that the private sector has a stated goal to make 8%-14% profits from the NHS, can taxpayers really afford this choice?”