Midlands GPs lead charity healthcare mission to India

Four Midlands GPs played a key role in a charity project to bring free healthcare to an impoverished part of the Punjab, in India.

Slum doctor project: free care for poor communities in Punjab
Slum doctor project: free care for poor communities in Punjab

Halifax GP Dr Navjeet Dua, Solihull GP Dr Victor Sagoo, Nottingham GP Dr Wesley Joseph and Leicester GP Dr Harjinder Singh worked up to 12 hours a day treating more than 8,000 patients as part of a 30-strong healthcare team.

Consultant diabetologist at the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax Dr Vijay Bangar, who helped organise the Slum Doctor programme, said: 'Our remit was to see every person that came through our doors.

No one was turned away.

'We saw some very poorly patients, some of whom required urgent hospital treatment.'

Dr Bangar said the GPs did 'most of the work'. 'The GPs played a vital role in looking after the patients, seeing the majority of them. This left the specialists to get on with their specialist areas,' he said.

The team paid for its own flights and accommodation for the project, which ran from 25 to 27 March. Slum Doctor is calling for more GPs to sign up for its 2012 trip.

For more information contact slumdoctor@hotmail.co.uk

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