Kailash had served as a local GP in Tameside for many years before taking up leadership roles in his beloved NHS. He was passionate about an NHS that was free at the point of access and open to all. He was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to the NHS and healthcare.
Peter Denton, Healthwatch Manager said "This is devastating news for us. Kailash Chaired our most recent Board meeting only two weeks ago and we were very much talking about our future work on behalf of the local population. He was so much more than our Chair. He was a true champion for local people and a great friend of all who knew him."
Liz Windsor-Welsh, Action Together's Chief Executive added: "So sad to hear this. A truly inspirational man in so many ways and a huge loss to so many. Sending our condolences and thoughts to Kailash's family and friends."