MISS England 2019, 24-year-old Bhasha Mukherjee swapped her pageant crown for her scrubs as she returned to work as an NHS doctor during the coronavirus crisis. After winning the crown, she decided to put her medical career on hold, so she could travel the world for charity work.
However, when the pandemic worsened, she cut her India trip short and rushed back home to the UK. She said that there was no better time for her to be Miss England and help England at a time of need. She felt that her training and services would be much more useful in the hospital where people were fighting for their lives.
Bhasha was a junior doctor specializing in respiratory medicine before competing in the Miss World pageant in December 2019, where she represented England. After the event, she traveled to India for charity work. However, she dashed home when she heard from her former colleagues at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston about the worsening coronavirus situation. Her first flight was canceled as it taxied to the runway, but she managed with the British High Commission in Kolkata to find a flight from India to Frankfurt and then to London.
Bhasha, who was born in Kolkata but moved to Derby with her parents and brother when she was nine, said that her colleagues told her that they were doing 13-hour shifts seven days a week and night shifts too. When she heard this, it made her really guilty and she wanted to go back to work. As Miss England, one is expected to wear the crown and always be dolled up but Bhasha kept looking at the news and the rising death toll in the UK which didn’t really make her feel like dressing up.
She also mentioned that she did not belittle the charity work but, in a way, she felt that she was trained to do the medical work and that’s why she wanted to come back and do that. Bhasha returned to England on 1st April after one month in India but had has to self-isolate for two weeks before she could return to the frontline.
She said that it was incredible the way the whole world was celebrating all key workers, and she wanted to be one of those, she knew she could help. The ward that she in was respiratory ward but her colleagues told her that doctors had been filtered and sent to wherever they were needed.