We are deeply saddened to let colleagues know that Dr Muhammed Akunjee passed away last week at the age 43. Muhammed was a GP partner at two practices in Haringey: West Green and Hornsey and Wood Green. West Green practice has won a series of national innovation awards. It is the only practice in NCL to be awarded an Outstanding CQC rating. Muhammed was also Clinical Director of East Central Haringey Primary Care Network and a former Governing Body member at Haringey CCG. His death is a terrible loss and our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly sad time.
A site has been set up for people to share a memory or personal experience of Muhammed so that they can be passed on to his family and children: https://drmuhammedakunjee.muchloved.com/
Dr Peter Christian, GP and former Chair of Haringey CCG has shared these words about Muhammed:
“I first met Muhammed back in 2012 at the start of the Lansley reforms to the NHS. We were, like a lot of GPs, dubious about having the responsibility for commissioning patient care thrust upon us, but determined to try and do our best to make it work for the patients of Haringey.
We joined the newly formed Haringey CCG board together and that is when I really got to know him during the numerous committee meetings we sat in on. Muhammed picked up the Mental Health brief – not an easy task but one which he applied himself to in what I came to recognise as his quiet, understated way but with the application of his fierce intellect.
He had a wonderful ability to give concise, balanced summaries of complex situations. He was always scrupulously fair and went out of his way to understand and appreciate other viewpoints different to his own.
When I became chair of the CCG, he was always so supportive to me, and in breaks in long and sometimes difficult meetings I would seek him out for a quiet assessment of the situation. The chat always finished with a smile and a laugh together. His work along with his brother and colleagues at the practice was also a cause for wonder. The energy, thought and achievement was amazing and the “outstanding” accolade from the CQC was a source of immense pride for those of us who worked in Haringey. Muhammed also was heavily involved in teaching and co-authoring medical books and articles which demonstrates how rich and varied his talents were.
His death is a terrible loss not only to his family and friends but to the whole community of primary care here in Haringey and I consider myself deeply fortunate that I had the opportunity to work with him as a colleague during my career.”