‘Well respected’ doctor appointed as chair of Newham CCG

Prakash Chandra is the new chair of Newham CCG

Prakash Chandra is the new chair of Newham CCG - Credit: Newham CCG

A long-serving GP has been appointed as the new chair of the Newham Clinical Commissioning Group.

Doctor Prakash Chandra, who has been working in the borough since 1986, has replaced former chair, Dr Zuhair Zarifa, after he stood down in September.

Dr Chandra started working in Newham as a partner in a group practice before taking over a small surgery that now has 7000 patients listed to its register.

“I am committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our local population and will continue on focused, outcome based, innovative commissioning and strengthening the primary care services to be robust and resourced to deliver the demands,” he said.

“I am excited by the rich culture of community engagement and involvement within the CCG and I am looking forward to taking this work forward with local people and our partners.”

Dr Chandra will be supported by Dr Stuart Sutton in his new role.

Steve Gilvin, chief officer of Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am delighted to announce that Dr Chandra has been appointed to the position of Chair. Dr Chandra is well respected amongst GPs and the governing body.

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“He brings a wealth of experience where in his role as a board member he has already made a considerable contribution to improving health services in Newham.”

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