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Fourth GP dies with coronavirus

A GP has become the fourth to sadly die with coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dr Krishan Arora, 57, was a senior partner at Violet Lane Medical Practice in Croydon, where he had worked for 27 years, and clinical director of GPNet5 primary care network. He sadly died on Wednesday (15 April).

In a statement, Violet Lane Medical Practice said: ‘Dear patients, it is with great sadness that the practice has to inform you Dr Krishan Arora died on 15 April. 

‘Dr Arora had been at Violet Lane Medical Practice since 1993, he will be sadly missed by his colleagues and his patients.

‘Our condolences go out to his wife and family at this sad time. Please bear with the practice at this sad time.’

Dr Arora graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1988, and had particular interests in family medicine, allergy and dermatology.

He is survived by his wife and children, including a daughter who is also a doctor. 

NHS South West London CCG stated that he self-isolated at home upon developing symptoms, and was not at work in the time before his death.

Dr Agnelo Fernandes, GP lead for the borough of Croydon, said: ‘We are all greatly saddened by the death of Dr Krishan Arora.

‘Krish was extremely well-liked and worked tirelessly to care for his patients and improve services for everyone in Croydon.

‘Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Krish’s family, friends and close colleagues at this difficult time.’

In a message to all Croydon GPs, Dr Fernandes added: ‘It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Dr Krishan Arora passed away last night, Wednesday 15 April 2020. He had tested positive for Covid-19. 

‘Krish was a highly valued member of our Croydon GP community. As a driver for innovation, Krish greatly contributed to the development of general practice in Croydon throughout his career.

‘Krish was extremely well liked by his patients and peers and worked tirelessly to care for his patients and improve services for everyone in Croydon. We will miss him.

‘I know you will all join me in sending our thoughts and deepest sympathies to Krish’s family, friends and close colleagues at this difficult time. Messages of condolences can be sent to the practice at Violet Lane Medical Practice, 231 Violet Lane, Croydon, CR0 4HN.’

Three other GPs, Dr Fayaz Ayache, Dr Syed Haider and Dr Habib Zaidi, have died with Covid-19, as have at least 50 NHS staff.

The Government has now launched a review into why people from BAME backgrounds appear to be disproportionately affected by the virus. The BMA previously called for this, as well as warning that GPs 'will die' without proper PPE.

Readers' comments (14)

  • My sincere condolences to st Arora’s family on this sad loss
    RIP dr Arora

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  • Incredibly tragic. RIP

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  • RIP Dr Arora 🙏🏾.
    Sincere condolences to your family.

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  • Patients can be really irresponsible and you can't trust them. I had a child brought in by a granny with cough symptoms not settling. Mother at booking was asked whether they ahd travelled aborad in last month and denied categorically. Child was booked in and granny was again asked at arrival if there was any travel in last 30 days - she denied this. Child was coughing badly so immediately isolate and I saw this child and asked the grandmother whether there had been any travel - she said she hadn't travelled. I asked again whether the child had travelled, she said Yes, just returned from Fuerteventura 9 days ago !!
    I was flabbergasted, immediately a gown, mask and deep cleaning ensued.
    I was angry, really angry and frustrated at the ignorance of family and liar of a mother who had actually gone off to London to work in a pub that day and was absolutely unconcerned that she had put people at risk at work and at Surgery not to say of the family.
    I reported this to the local COVID team but did not get a response. Either our local Team was overwhelmed or it is a traditional indifference to concerns raised by GP. 3 years ago I raised issues about 4 patients having suffered from negligence by local services - 3 of them died. despite repeatedly raising these issues at GP Me3etings and sending emails to the bosses of the Trust, even today there has been no response. I retired due to health reasons 3 weeks ago and feel that the NHS in principle may be one of the best and well equipped technically service. However, while frontline staff do their utmost to help, there needs to be more diversity and transparency in giving management positions. It is not acceptable that GPs who are coloured are refused even a penny of funding for 10 years for improvemnt of premises, even disabled stairlifts or automated doors to ease access for amputees who have to wait outside till somebody notices that there is somebody in a wheelchair in the rain or freezing temperatures waiting at the Surgery door. My hats off to colleagues who are dying but part of their misfortune might have been that they are not white British. How many times, I had somebody tugging at my shirt and telling me to sit down at GP Meetings just because 'You have the wrong skin colour'.

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  • Perhaps safer for BAME doctors older than fifty to stop all face to face work for the present? And everyone else older than sixty?
    Condolences to Dr Arora's family.

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  • Condolences- Sad day .

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  • Please don full PPE for every single patient contact and mask on for all time in building. Every breathing human exhales droplets.. Reduce your risk of viral load every day.Do not reply on history or how human appears. Well today, hot tomorrow=exposure.

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  • Where's Optimus?

    I am saddened at the suggestions of racism...
    No one is standing behind bame colleagues
    No one is pushing BAME preferentially into covid scenarios...
    It may just be that the virus affects Bame people in a different way
    It may be that bAME population is generally living more crowded
    Have seen many not taking the ppe need seriously
    getting strange looks wearing my
    own purchased goggles and ffp3 mask
    ... The potential for fatality
    is a wake up call

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  • Patients don't always tell the truth when you telephone triage them.When they turn up and you've dealt with their initial trivial issue (fabricated to shoehorn themselves into the surgery) it's "By the way doc can you have a listen to my chest because i have had this cough for 2 weeks"!!!
    I was doing a stint in north-west London in a practice where almost 100% of the patients were of BAME origin.I couldn't take their deception anymore and left.My life and that of my family's is more important.You have to let go of the messiah complex.

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  • While so may doctors are dying for the patients, I was on OOH night shift and got 'f' words from a patient.

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