Consultant Manjeet Singh Riyat and Dr. Arora died of coronavirus


Manjeet Singh Riyat, 52, died on Monday at the Royal Derby Hospital, where he worked.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) said Mr Riyat – who was the UK’s first Sikh A&E consultant – was widely respected across the NHS.

The trust’s chief executive said he was an “incredibly charming person”, “well loved” and would be missed “immensely”.

Manjit Singh Riyat

Gavin Boyle said Mr Riyat was instrumental in building the Emergency Medicine Service in Derbyshire over the past two decades. “He was an incredibly charming person and well loved. Manjeet knew so many people here across the hospital, we will all miss him immensely.”

Susie Hewitt, an emergency medicine consultant at the hospital, said: “Manjeet was enormously valued and much loved as a colleague, supervisor and mentor as well as for his wise council and discreet support in tough times.

“For many, Manjeet was considered the father of the current Emergency Department in Derby and many more will reflect on how his inspiration has shaped their own careers.”

This is the second death in the trust. Dr Amged El-Hawrani, an ear, nose and throat consultant at Queen’s Hospital Burton and Dr. Babar Zaidi died last month. Furthermore, apart from English doctors a number of doctors belonging to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh origin gave their life in treating coronavirus infected patients.

Krishan Arora

Meanwhile, GP Krishan Arora, 57, died after contracting coronavirus. He was a senior partner at Violet Lane Medical Practice in Croydon, southwest London. In line with government guidance, he self-isolated at home after developing symptoms and was not in work at the time of his death on April 15.

Dr Arora, who was married with children, is believed to be the 50th NHS staff member to have passed away during the pandemic.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said the government had identified 27 health workers who have died during the pandemic.