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Doctor who warned Johnson over NHS's lack of PPE has died from coronavirus

A DOCTOR who wrote to warn the Prime Minister about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS workers has died after contracting coronavirus.

Consultant urologist Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, died on Wednesday night after being taken to hospital on March 23.

Just five days before being admitted, Dr Chowdhury wrote a Facebook post asking PM Boris Johnson to urgently provide every NHS worker with PPE.

In his March 18 post he wrote: “People appreciate us and salute us for our rewarding job which [is] very inspirational but I would like to say we have to protect ourselves and our families … by using appropriate PPE and remedies.”

Family friend and doctor Golam Rahat Khan said that Dr Chowdhury had been worried about coronavirus “long before” it reached Britain.

“He was telling me and other friends that coronavirus was very dangerous,” he said.

Dr Khan, 45, who knew Dr Chowdhury for nearly 20 years, described him as a “life-loving person.”

“He liked singing and liked our own Bengali culture and loved English heritage.

“He was so caring, he would call us very often to come to his house.

“I last saw him on February 1 at my house for my son’s eighth birthday.”

Dr Khan said that none of Dr Chowdhury’s relatives were with him when he died at Queens Hospital in Romford, east London.

Dr Chowdhury, who worked at nearby Homerton University Hospital, is survived by his wife and two children aged 18 and 11.

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