A message from RCGP Chair Professor Kamila Hawthorne and RCGP President Dame Clare Gerada

On behalf of our entire College community, we send our love and deepest sympathy to Dr Sanjoy Kumar and the O’Malley-Kumar family on the shocking and devastating loss of their daughter Grace in the Nottingham tragedy. Our hearts go out to you, as well as to the families and friends of Barnaby Webber and Ian Coates. We are also thinking of those who were injured that night.

Sanjoy is a highly respected and much-loved GP and medical educator in Waltham Forest and across North-East London Faculty. Many of our colleagues also had the privilege of knowing Grace whilst she studied medicine in Nottingham and working alongside her when, during the pandemic, she stood side by side with her father and volunteered her time to work at the Covid vaccination centre in Waltham Forest and in various homeless outreach vaccination services across the borough – all of this whilst completing her A-levels and playing hockey for England.

The whole GP community is feeling the impact of this terrible tragedy, not least our members and colleagues in the North East London and Vale of Trent Faculties, and our thoughts are with them too.

Grace was following the path taken by her father Sanjoy and other members of her extended family by choosing to study medicine. Her loss deprives our profession and our patients of a brilliant doctor of the future. She left us far too soon, but we will not forget her. May she rest in peace.

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