First Sikh Emergency Consultant has died after contracting Covid-19

Tributes have been made following the death of a hugely respected Emergency Consultant from Derby who has died after contracting coronavirus.

Mr Manjeet Singh Riyat, Emergency Medicine Consultant at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, sadly passed away today (April 20) at Royal Derby Hospital.

Mr Riyat was the first person from the sikh community to be appointed as an Emergency Medicine Consultant in the UK.

The consultant had a wife and two children who he was "fiercely proud of".

Colleagues have described him as being "widely respected" for his national contribution across the field of emergency medicine and for his light hearted demeanour.

Dr Jagdeesh Singh Dhaliwal went to medical school with Manjeet:

On Wednesday (April 22) the Labour leader Keir Starmer paid tribute to Dr Riyat's exemplary work in medicine in Derbyshire and beyond.

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