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East London GP becomes fifth to die with Covid-19

East London GP Dr Yusuf Patel sadly died with Covid-19 yesterday, becoming the fifth GP to pass away from the virus in the UK.

Dr Patel, 61, who was a GP partner and founder of the Woodgrange NHS Medical Practice in Forest Gate, died at Queen's Hospital, Romford.

His practice described the 'immeasurable pain' of losing their colleague.

Its statement said: ‘It is with a very heavy heart that we have to inform you of the sad loss of Dr Yusuf Ismail Patel, GP principal and founder of Woodgrange NHS Medical Practice.

‘After a valiant struggle with Covid, Dr Patel finally succumbed to his illness on Monday 20 April.

‘This is a tragic loss to all his family, friends, colleagues and patients. The pain is immeasurable. He has touched and enriched many lives and we miss him dearly.'

Dr Muhammad Waqqas Naqvi, chair of NHS Newham CCG and Dr Patel’s practice colleague, added: ‘Yusuf was a very special GP, person and leader’.

Dr Osman Bhatti, a fellow GP in East London, told Pulse: ‘He was an experienced GP who was involved not only with his local practice and his patients, but also for the local community around Newham.

‘Specifically, he was also a support of knowledge and judgement for many colleagues around him, and his loss will leave a big void in the practice and local community.’

Dr Patel graduated from Sheffield Medical School in 1984.

Demonstrating how his influence was not only observed within the realm of medicine, he was also remembered as a pillar of his community.

All five of the GPs who have died with Covid-19 were men of BAME origin. The Government is currently investigating why this demographic appears to be worst-affected by coronavirus.

The practice has asked that those wishing to send their condolences and best wishes email the their message to, with the subject heading Dr Yusuf Patel.

Readers' comments (8)

  • Azeem Majeed

    I'm very sorry to hear about the death of Dr Yusuf Patel. Condolences to his family.

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  • Rest In Peace

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  • So sad to hear this. My thoughts are with his family.

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  • So sad to hear. May he rest in peace. Too many deaths of our colleagues. I suspect GP death rates are going to be one of the highest amongst all the different specialties. Itu docs seem to have the least mortality all due to them having proper fp3. The masks we get are not enough!

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  • according to bbc more or less. nhs deaths are approx the same as the general population ie approx 1 per 20000 so 5 gps seems reasonable considering our age distribution

    This is a tragedy but we should not panic and patients do need to be seen and yes that means sometimes F2F

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  • It's another tragedy and sad news, my thoughts and prayers are with the family

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  • Innalillaahii wa inna illaahii raajiuun.

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  • He was a great person. One that I truly enjoyed working with.
    Far too young. Shocking news

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