APPNE ELECTED BOARD
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES 2021
Muhammad Iqbal Saleemi
Medical College, 1987
DOW Medical College, 2001
Consultant Urologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Mohammad Ahsan Saleem
Allama Iqbal Medical College, 2005
Consultant Breast & General Radiologist, North Tees & Hartlepool
Sindh Medical College, 2000
Cardiologist & Acute Medical Consultant, Preston, Lancashire
ST4 General Surgery, North West Deanery
Nadeem Sajjad Raja
RMC, Consultant Microbiologist in Southend on Sea
Yorkshire & Humberside West
Yorkshire & Humberside East
GP, East Riding of Yorkshire
GP partner, College Road Surgery, Birmingham
ST3 Geriatrics, West Midlands Deanery
RMC, 1999, Consultant Psychiatrist & Associate Sub Dean, Nottingham
East of England
Chandka Medical college, 1999
GP trainer and partner in Peterborough:
Fatima Jinah Medical College, 1987
Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Hampshire
Army Medical College, 1992
Consultant Urologist, Watford General Hospital
Syed Iftikhar Hasan
RMC, 1989, Geriatrician, Buckinghamshire
GP in Oxford
Mr Abid Rashid
King Edward College, 1993 ConsultantBurns, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Royal Victoria
MESSAGE FROM EX-PRESIDENT AMIR BURNEY
Dear Friends and Colleagues
Asalam u Alaikum and Greetings
I hope you and your families are well. Since our last communique at the APPNE Educational and Social event held on 7th March 2020, we were and still are engulfed by a terrible ordeal as a result of the Corona virus pandemic.
First and foremost, as President, on behalf of the APPNE Executive Committee and the wider membership I would wish to express a few words for those affected by this devastating disease. Our prayers and thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones. We also pray and wish that our friends, colleagues and members of all communities who are still unwell across the world, get well soon.
The most difficult times we have endured both individually and collectively since March 2020 have made an indelible impact on our lives. However, as a community of health and social care workers we continued to do our work with great diligence, duty of care and at times with great risk to ourselves and our families.
We must and always will remember our fallen heroes who gave their lives whilst looking after their patients across the world. The workers in the NHS, Social Care Services in United Kingdom, healthcare systems in Europe, USA and across the world especially in Pakistan deserve and command our respect and tributes for the way they have stepped up to the plate and fought this terrible pandemic.
Closer to home, since the lockdown and even as I write these words APPNE , the Executive Committee Members and a large number of APPNE members have continued to work both in front and behind the scenes to support the work being carried out by APPNE. I am truly proud and humbled by the people who have spent so much of their time and energies to help with various APPNE initiatives and causes over the last four months.
These are somber times and hence I would not wish to glorify our activities but certainly it is worthwhile to mention that APPNE as an organisation has worked continuously and tirelessly since March 2020 on issues such as:
Help and support for our international medical graduates.
Raising the issues in relation to personal protection equipment (PPE) with the Health Secretary and wider political leadership in United Kingdom.
The impact of COVID-19 on BAME healthcare professionals and communities.
The issue of health surcharge on immigrants and visa related issues for IMGs.
The issues surrounding repatriation of stranded Pakistanis to Pakistan with the support and co-operation extended by the High Commissioner of Pakistan to the United Kingdom H.E Mr Nafees Zakaria and the personnel at the Pakistan High Commission in UK.
In relation to our efforts regarding advocacy , APPNE has been in constant contact with the GMC discussing matters affecting the International Medical Graduates, over the last few months. We appreciate the recognition by the GMC of the work we have done to provide emotional, practical and academic support to these doctors and we reciprocate the efforts by the GMC in this regards.I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported APPNE, it’s campaigns and lobbying on multiple platforms over the last four months.
APPNE continued its campaigning for all frontline healthcare workers and raised their concerns to Health Secretary during the pandemic. I was continuously in communication with a number of MPs and Peers about the issues regarding PPE, the impact of COVID -19 on BAME healthcare workers and communities. As a result The Rt Honourable Lillian Greenwood MP raised our concerns about PPE in the Parliament during the Women and Equality Rights Committee question hour.
We have been approached by mainstream British media including radio, Television and print media to gather our views on current issues on multiple occasions. We have established contacts with three radio channels in UK who would very much like APPNE members to be part of their talk shows on a regular basis. The membership will be kept informed via emails from APPNE requesting your participation and expressions of interest.
APPNE through its connections with mainstream media and working with sister organisations in UK highlighted issues such as PPE shortages. We lobbied for removal of the ‘Migrant Health Surcharge’ , requested the provision of ‘death in service benefit' for bereaved families and the provision of indefinite leave to remain for migrants who lost a family member whilst they were working in the NHS or Social Care Services. We have collaborated with a number of partner organisations including all BAME organisations to help achieve our objectives. These are ongoing works and we will keep the membership apprised of the latest developments.
In May 2020 a joint letter by DAUK, APPNE and BAPIO was sent to the Home Secretary demanding the scrapping of the immigration health surcharge.
The letter was directly quoted by Sir Kier Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party during Prime Minister's Question Hour during Parliamentary proceedings. The health surcharge has since been removed for NHS workers. Migrant healthcare professionals who work for the NHS will no longer pay an NHS surcharge.The support of our members and your encouraging comments give us the momentum to drive forward real change on behalf of our profession.
APPNE has engaged with the Government of Pakistan and is continually involved in ongoing projects in Pakistan. We are one of the signatories in the Yaraan e Watan project. APPNE has delivered a number of very highly quality educational and training webinars for the benefit of healthcare professionals in Pakistan. We will continue to contribute to healthcare projects in Pakistan including in the field of tele-medicine in the near future.
We were also invited as mentors and judges by the National Incubation Centre (NIC), Islamabad to be mentors and judges for the NIC Hackathon called Hackistan which aimed to develop new technologies in health care sector to counter the COVID -19 pandemic and beyond.
We have recently signed an MOU with APPNA Merit and the Australian Association of Pakistani Physicians (AAPP) with the aim to work collaboratively specially in the field of Family Medicine in Pakistan.
These are some the key highlights I wished to inform our membership about. I hope that you will find information useful. Once again I would like to thank TEAM APPNE, the Executive Committee and our members for their tireless efforts to help achieve our goals. The Government of Pakistan, The Pakistani High Commission and the British Government continue to recognise our work which keeps us motivated and focussed. I am also thankful to a number of media channels who have given us coverage over the past many months.
As we move forward we plan to work harder and develop new projects which we will be announcing over the next few weeks.
Take care and stay safe
Dr Amir Burney
MESSAGE FROM GENERAL SECRETARY IRFAN AKHTAR
Greetings to you all
I am thankful to all members who had overwhelmingly voted for me during the electoral process for their General Secretary of APPNE. I would thank the members for entrusting me with this role.
The role of General Secretary is pivotal in working and development of this new organisation and I understand the responsibility this post carries.
I am looking forward to working with APPNE President, executives and wider membership to set new goals and enact the laid down missions for APPNE. I am very optimistic that the constructive vision and aims we carry is a path for a brighter future for the medical fraternity in UK and Northern Europe.
I believe 2019 will be full of positive results, excellence, new initiatives, leadership and growth for our organization. Our success will be based on teamwork, unity, partnerships and creativity. I have outlined some of initiatives and objectives which are important to me and I would aspire to achieve them during my tenure.
Strengthening Educational Initiatives:
Educational activities would remain pivotal with APPNE, I strongly believe that our work should not just focus overseas but be useful for doctors in the UK and Northern Europe. I would ensue that it remains useful for all medical graduates. In my role as General Secretary, I have met with Director International Relations of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan, Vice Chancellor of various Medical Universities and the educational Lead of APPNA to discuss ways in which APPNE can strengthen medical education in Pakistan. We would be working towards regular seminars locally as well as in Pakistan.
Representing BME doctors at GMC:
Following on from growing concerns amongst the junior doctors following Dr. Hadiza BawaGarba case and the ongoing observation of excessive unproportionate referrals to GMC of BME doctors, I feel APPNE as a democratically elected represented body can play a positive role in raising awareness and forwarding concerns of its members to GMC. I have joined the BME doctor forum at GMC and am actively participating, I would urge all members to participate and forward constructive suggestions which I could ensure, would be raised at BME forum.
Strengthening Governance Infrastructure of APPNE :
It is extremely important to me that governance structures are robust and I will work to lay down processes which will ensure that the constitution is followed. It will place us in a stronger position and help attract more participation and further growth of our membership.
I believe in being honest and open at all times, regardless of results. Our goal is to have financial transparency and disclosure to avoid situations which can affect the foundation of our new institution.
Strengthen APPNE Component Societies :
I strongly believe that we should tap into the immense talent of our executives and members and diversify the leadership of various work streams to the executive team and members for bringing greater sharing of best practices. I will be working to build a APPNE platform which is visible to not only UK graduates but also overseas Pakistani graduates. These would be platforms for professional networking, advocacy, think tank discussions around UK and International medical missions, youth mentorship, social and entertainment activities.
Thank you for considering me for this position. I am eager to serve the members along with our team and contribute to this great organization.
We request you all to get involved, volunteer and continue providing your feedback.
I will end with a quote from Ronald Regan.
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”