Miss England Leaves Duties to Continue as Doctor for COVID-19 Patients

Doctor Bhasha Mukherjee, who held the Miss England 2019 title, recently left pageant duties to re-enter into her work as a respiratory physician amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Last month, Mukherjee, 24, was working as an ambassador for a development and community charity in India when she was informed of how COVID-19 was impacting her former employer, Pilgrim Hospital in eastern England. She decided to return to work, and is currently under a self-quarantine for one to two weeks before starting.

“When you are doing all this humanitarian work abroad, you’re still expected to put the crown on, get ready...look pretty,” she told CNN. “I wanted to come back home. I wanted to come and go straight to work.”

England has seen 48,000 cases of COVID-19 and 5,000 deaths. Mukherjee, who has two medical degrees, told CNN she’s worked to be of service for moments like this. “I felt a sense of this is what I’d got this degree for and what better time to be part of this particular sector than now.”

The Realist Woman’s take:

This young woman is an inspiration. First off, she’s brilliant. She has not one but two medical degrees.  And then to top it off, she has a heart for people. She could have continued to work as an humanitarian ambassador, which in itself is praiseworthy, but she’s prioritizing the needs of those suffering from this pandemic. 

Her colleagues informed her on the latest going on and she dropped everything to be of service. Incredible.


She believes helping England is the best way to represent her title