Fearless and extraordinary: Tributes paid to Essex GP who dies from Covid-19

Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza worked at Old Road Medical Practice Credit: Old Road Medical Practice

Tributes have been paid to 'An "extraordinary, exceptional and astonishing" GP.

Dr Karamat Ullah Mirza, 84, worked at Old Road Medical Practice at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. He died in hospital on Sunday.

His widow Estelle told the Clacton Gazette: "He was no ordinary man, he was an extraordinary, exceptional and astonishing man, who was absolutely fearless and daring and had enormous knowledge. He worked endlessly for the NHS and non-stop for this country, and he was known and loved by everyone in Clacton and he loved all his staff and patients and this town."

She said he had been seeing patients until two weeks ago.

Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive of the NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk, NHS WestSuffolk and NHS North East Essex clinical commissioning groups and executive lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, said:

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr Mirza, a respected and much-loved GP who had served the patients in his local community for more than four decades. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and practice colleagues, and all our efforts will be focused on supporting them at this difficult time. A small number of people who had contact with Dr Mirza are self-isolating at home as appropriate.

Dr Ed Garratt

Dr Mirza is the 13th health worker in the Anglia region to have died since the outbreak.

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