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7. Dr Krishna Kasaraneni

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Described as ‘clear thinking’ and a ‘fantastic’ chair of the GPC GP trainees subcommittee by our judges, Dr Krishna Kasaraneni has been earmarked as a leader of the future after his sure-footed handing of some difficult issues.

He is one of the youngest GPs on our list, but steered the BMA through the thorny row over the MRCGP exam and the worst GP training figures in seven years with a maturity and sharpness that belie his years. Many are speaking of him as a future GPC chair.

As a GP in Sheffield and recently elected as the chair of the BMA’s Equality and Diversity Committee, the pace of work is unlikely to slow down. But he has been directly affected this year by the workforce gaps in general practice that a paper he co-authored this year said had reached ‘crisis point’.

He says: ‘The last 12 months have been the most challenging to date in my clinical and medical-political career. I was faced with a recruitment problem in my practice which we have managed to tackle to keep the practice open.

‘With a list size of nearly 10,000 patients, it would have been devastating for the local population if we simply gave up.’

He was instrumental in ensuring that the BMA swung its weight behind the judicial review into the disparities in pass rates for the MRCGP exam for white and non-white candidates.

He says: ‘I am pleased to have contributed towards bringing the profession together to work on this collaboratively.’

Those who know him may be unsurprised to learn he does find time to watch his beloved Newcastle United, describing his ideal job as ‘team doctor’.

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