Labour can­di­date – Onkar Sa­hota

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I AR­RIVED with my fam­ily in 1961, and first lived in Hayes in the Lon­don Bor­ough of Hilling­don. I’m orig­i­nally from the Pun­jab, In­dia. My par­ents set­tled in the UK in or­der to pro­vide a bet­ter fu­ture for their chil­dren, as with hun­dreds of other fam­i­lies of that gen­er­a­tion.

My fa­ther first worked for British Air­ways at Heathrow Air­port, as a main­te­nance worker, even­tu­ally es­tab­lish­ing a lo­cal gro­cery busi­ness. His early ex­pe­ri­ences have in­stilled me with a pas­sion for en­sur­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for oth­ers to suc­ceed, as well as the value of as­pi­ra­tion.

I’m a prac­tic­ing GP and have been a fam­ily doc­tor in West Lon­don since 1989, whilst main­tain­ing GP surg­eries in Han­well and Southall, serv­ing some 12,000 pa­tients. Like many clin­i­cians who have been elected to pub­lic of­fice, I con­tinue to prac­tice part-time in or­der to re­tain my li­cence to prac­tice. I grad­u­ated in 1989 from Sh­effield Univer­sity Med­i­cal School, ful­fill­ing my life­long am­bi­tion.

I also hold an MBA from the Lon­don Busi­ness School, hav­ing also at­tended the John F Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment, Har­vard Univer­sity.

In ad­di­tion to my work as a fam­ily doc­tor, I was a mem­ber of the Eal­ing Pri­mary Care Trust Pro­fes­sional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee from 2002 to 2008.

From 1997 to 2000 I un­der­took work funded by the De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment in Rus­sia and Uzbek­istan on re­form of Pri­mary Care, and ad­vised the Heathrow City Re­gen­er­a­tion Part­ner­ship on heath and com­mu­nity projects.

I was ap­pointed a Jus­tice of the Peace on the Mid­dle­sex Com­mis­sion in 1990, and served as a mag­is­trate on the Eal­ing Bench un­til my re­tire­ment in 2005.

I was for­merly the Chair of Gov­er­nors at Wolf Field Pri­mary School in Nor­wood Green in the late 1990s.

I’m Labour’s spokesper­son for Health, chair­ing the Lon­don Assem­bly Health Com­mit­tee at the Assem­bly.

I have a keen in­ter­est in the de­liv­ery of Cross­rail and High Speed 2 within my con­stituency, as well as the Davies Com­mis­sion and the fu­ture of Heathrow and I also sit on the Assem­bly’s Trans­port and Econ­omy Com­mit­tees.

As a reg­u­lar voice on Lon­don’s ra­dio and in the press, I’m also Chair of the Save our Hos­pi­tals Eal­ing cam­paign against plans to re­con­fig­ure A&E ser­vices in North West Lon­don.

Dr Sa­hota’s Top Five Pri­or­i­ties

Health – Pre­vent­ing hos­pi­tal clo­sures and cam­paign­ing for a bet­ter NHS

Health – Chal­leng­ing the causes of health in­equal­ity in Lon­don

Trans­port – fight­ing for a bet­ter, not big­ger Heathrow

Crime – pro­tect­ing neigh­bour­hood polic­ing Hous­ing – cam­paign­ing for more af­ford­able hous­ing for Lon­don­ers

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