Retired GP and deputy chair of BMA council Dr Kailash Chand has received a national merit award at the Labour party conference in recognition of his commitment to the NHS.
Dr. Chand served as a local GP in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester for over 25 years, before taking up his current role as chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop.
In 2010, he was awarded with an OBE for his continuing services to the NHS.
Dr Chand continues to be involved in campaigning on a number of public health issues, including promoting educational and legislative means of disease prevention such as restrictions on tobacco and alcohol advertising.
He has also been a leading critic of the Government’s health reforms, spearheading the ‘Drop the Bill’ petition, which achieved 179,000 signatures.
Dr Chand said, ‘I am truly honoured to receive this national merit award in recognition of my commitment to the NHS. I will continue in my defence of the health service now it is under attack more than ever before.’