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Dr Augustine Obaro: statement on behalf of Waltham Forest CCG Chair, Dr Ken Aswani and Local Medical Committee Chair, Dr Gabby Ivbijaro

Statement on behalf of Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chair, Dr Ken Aswani and Local Medical Committee (LMC) Chair, Dr Gabby Ivbijaro:

On behalf of all our colleagues, it is with great sadness that we report the loss of our colleague Dr Augustine Obaro who passed away on 1 January 2021 after a short illness.

Dr Augustine Obaro has been working as a GP at Addison Road Medical Practice, Waltham Forest  since 1st of October 2004.

Dr Obaro qualified as a doctor at the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria in 1984. He continued working in Nigeria until 1999 when he moved to the UK to commence training to become a General Practitioner. He completed this training in Kent in February 2004 and has worked as a GP in Waltham Forest ever since. In addition to his role at Addison Road Medical Practice he has done a great deal of work for the out of hours services over the years, most recently with Waltham Forest GP Federation.

He continued with his professional development completing a postgraduate diploma in diabetes with the University of Leicester in 2015 and was currently completing further postgraduate education to become a trainer in general practice. Dr Obaro was very well liked by fellow staff and patients. This is a tragic loss of highly respected front line health worker in Walthamstow who is fondly remembered by the CCG, LMC and local GP organisations.

Dr Obaro also carried out a significant amount of charitable work, returning to Nigeria with his wife every year to spend time doing voluntary work to improve local healthcare provision in his native village. He was very involved with his community there and also supporting  fellow African doctors in the UK. His generosity and benign leadership qualities led to him being given the nickname ‘King’ from a young age.

Dr Augustine Obaro will be sadly missed by patients and staff at Addison Road Medical Practice, colleagues, acquaintances and family throughout the UK, Africa and America and especially by his loving wife Elizabeth and sons Raphael, Charles, Osebi and Christopher.

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