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NRI Miss England Bhasha Mukherjee returns to NHS as junior doctor

April 10, 2020 A.Gary Singh

NRI Bhasha Mukherjee, the reigning Miss England, has returned to the National Health Service (NHS) as a junior doctor.

Respiratory specialist Mukherjee, 24, was back home after her trip to India, where she’d been carrying out charity work and was due to start back at Boston Pilgrim Hospital, Lincolnshire next week.

Bhasha Mukherjee said

“I could not be prouder to be both Miss England and to serve something of great national pride like the NHS,” Bhasha tells the BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“I felt unfair getting dressed up in a place of safety while my colleagues were laying their lives on the frontline,” she said.

The NHS is adapting to rising coronavirus cases in the UK through staff redeployment and asking recently retired doctors and nurses to come back to work.
Currently, the beauty queen was sorting out the logistical issues of her return to work, including things like what shifts she would be be doing and where she would be living.

She’s currently self-isolating in her home city of Derby, which is around 80 miles from the hospital. Mukherjee also knows the health risks of returning to the wards but is not worried about contracting the disease in the hospital.Bhasha Mukherjee told the BBC. “I could have caught it anytime or anywhere. I could have picked it up at any airport or while I was in India”


NRI Bhasha Mukherjee, Junior doctor with two medical degrees wins Miss England before heading to first hospital shift

August 8, 2019 A.Gary Singh

Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, a junior doctor from Derby, holds two medical degrees, started her first day in hospital just hours after being crowned Miss England.

  • In 2019’s contest was different:
    • All participants were required to submit photographs of themselves with no makeup, filters or editing.
    • a ‘make-up free’ round was introduced after the competition was criticized for setting an unhealthy beauty standard and being too critical of womens bodies.
    • Noticed that a woman wear a wetsuit in the optional bikini, signaling to a more inclusive line-up in the competition.

“I couldn’t tell if I was more nervous about Miss England or about starting my job as a junior doctor,” said Bhasha Mukherjee.

“Some people might think pageant girls are airheads, but we all stand for a cause,” she said before the contest.

“My pageant career all started to happen while I was in the middle of studying at medical school – it took a lot of convincing for me to do it, but eventually I decided to do it to balance out my studying and give me a break.”

“England is a country that is completely occupied by people of all sorts. The Miss England contest has always been there for, and indeed encouraged, participation by every group and every type. We encourage entries from every ethnicity,”  said Angie Beasley, director Miss England Ltd. “When I won Miss England I was in shock and couldn’t believe it. I was in complete disbelief backstage.”

She was her first day at a job that she had studied five years and also she became Miss England same day. She snagged the crown despite competing against a plethora of non-traditional pageant finalists.

  • Bhasha Mukherjee was born and raised in India. Her parents moved to the UK when she was nine  She has an IQ of 146.
  • She graduated with two medical degrees from the University of Nottingham – one in medical sciences and one in medicine and surgery.
  • Dr Mukherjee speaks five languages including German, Hindi and French.

Bhasha Mukherjee will be entered into the Miss World contest and will also bag a holiday to Mauritius.