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At the heart of general practice since 1960

CV: Dr Krishna Korlipara


What/who made you decide to go into general practice?In 1972 I was planning to emigrate to the US to take up a residency job in medicine in New York. My boss, late consultant physician Dr Guy Colson, for whom I was medical registrar 1969/72, made me think twice about America, warning it may offer more money but not a stable life for a young family. He introduced me to a senior partner in a practice in Horwich who welcomed me as a partner on a salary of £6,000 a year. While I was unsettled for the first year as a GP, not being sure if I made the right career choice, I never looked back after that.What would you have done if you hadn't been a doctor? A politician in India or a business entrepreneur trying to create wealth on a large scale. I am driven by the conviction that man needs to create wealth to be in a position to support and serve other people and worthy causes.Who's your career role model/guru? I can't think of a role model for me in general practice, but the only persons who influenced me profoundly are first my mother, who passed away in October, because of her unconditional love, and second, a great saint ­ Swami Vivekananda, who introduced Hinduism to the Western world at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893. What's your career high-point so far? The spectacular success of the GP co-operatives since the time I founded the first, Bolton District Medical Services, at the end of 1976 which led eventually to the formation of 270 up and down the country serving a population of about 30 million through 20,000 GPs.And the low-point? The low point was in 1964 when I had just arrived in the UK and days after starting my first hospital job, I dreamt my new and expectant wife was dying in childbirth. I returned home to her bedside in southern India, throwing away my career in this country. In fact she was fine when I got there and I returned to the UK in 1965.Anything interesting about your surgery? My surgery ­ Pike View Medical Centre ­ was the first purpose-built medical centre in Bolton in 1983, and was one of the first few surgeries in the country built under the cost-rent scheme.What's your fantasy career move? I would like to have been a lawyer arguing the most difficult cases and winning justice against insurmountable odds.What's your greatest mistake in your career so far?Abandoning the innovative idea of starting 'Overseas Doctors Investment Services' in 1982/3 when I was secretary of the Overseas Doctors Association, because one or two people at the top did not share my vision.Krishna Korlipara is the longest-serving elected member of the GMC, the founder of GP co-ops, and a GP in Bolton

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  • Dr.Korlipara is very modest about his achievements.
    His contribution to welfare of Overseas Doctors is much more than he accepts.
    Similarly, I have seen in G.M.C.,his deliberations were for greater benefits of Profession.
    He is a good , honest, frank and hard working friend.
    May God bless him so that we continue to get his wise words for many years to come.
    Dr.Shiv Pande

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  • Iknow him personally , but not in contact now,As a colleague I value his advise when I came to this country alone with no Godfather
    more over its pleasure to say he comes from the same community where Ive come from
    Dr Bhanu Gupta

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