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International Women’s Day 2023 – Meet Arpana

Next in our #IWD2023 series, we spoke to Arpana Patel, a Newham GP and NHC Vice Chair to find out why she became a doctor, what she’d say to her younger self and what equity means to her.

Why did you decide to become doctor?

I love my job! And I can’t imagine doing anything else! I was inspired by my father from a young age and saw how his hard work had such a positive impact on the lives and health of others and I wanted to do the same! 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I love meeting new people of different cultures and backgrounds and helping them with their various healthcare needs.

Do you think being a woman adds something different to the way you deliver your role? Yes, I think women can be naturally more sensitive and caring which is important in general practice – not to say that men do not have the same qualities as many do too! 

How do you relax outside of work?

I love to spend time with my family in particular my baby daughter! And I love to eat out and travel! 

What would be your message to your younger self?

Live your life now and don’t wait for later! Aim high and strive to achieve beyond that! 

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is equity. What does equity mean to you?

Equity means achieving fairness in society for all groups of people from minority groups to gender identities.

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