The head of a royal college
Mayur Lakhani is the youngest ever chairman of the UK Royal College of General Practitioners. His family came to the UK in 1972, when Idi Amin expelled Asians from Uganda, and settled in Leicestershire, where Lakhani is still a general practitioner. He spoke to Vishnu B Madhok about his vision of a bright future for today's medical students-or tomorrow's general practitioners
I am of Indian origin and was born in east Africa. I went to primary school in Uganda. My family came to the United Kingdom in the exodus of 1972 from Uganda. I went to secondary school and sixth form college in Leicester, which is still my home. My parents were keen for me to become a doctor, and that was the driving force. I believe that direction is important, as are good role models. It was in sixth form that I decided to do medicine.
I wanted to go to a Scottish university because Scotland has always had a great reputation for medicine, which we would hear about when we were in Uganda. I was offered a place at Dundee University (and then a few days later a place at Manchester as well). I then had a difficult decision to make, which I remember speaking to my parents about.