Cllr Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE
Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care
Cllr Dr Zahid Chauhan is a Labour Party activist, committed local Councilor and respected GP. A champion of many Social Justice and Charity causes, he is also the Cabinet member for Adult Health and Social care in Oldham. His portfolio deputy is Cllr Marie Bashforth.
Dr Chauhan has been a councillor for Oldham’s Alexandra ward since 2013 and has been chair of Oldham West and Royton Labour Party from the same year. Most recently he has campaigned to save Oldham’s Post Office alongside Local MPs, Jim McMahon, Angela Rayner and Debbie Abrahams.
In May 2018, Dr Chauhan took up the role of Cabinet Member for the newly formed portfolio of Health and Social Care. Since taking up the role Dr Chauhan has focussed primarily on work integrating Oldham’s Health and Social Care budgets, something he described as an ‘historic’ moment in transforming the quality of Oldham’s Health and Social Care provision.
Dr Chauhan is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality Health and Social care for the people of Oldham, working closely with Staff, Trade Unions and Providers to ensure this is the case. He is a board member on Oldham Council’s wholly owned Social Care provider MioCare, and was Chair from 2015 to 2018. During this time the organisation became a leading provider of health and care. Rated as Good by CQC in every service, this was done whilst being forced to deliver £4m of cuts in 4 years at the height of Conservative Party austerity.
Working with UNISON, Unite and GMB, Dr Chauhan has helped to deliver Trade Union Recognition for the first time at MioCare and hopes to see this relationship develop further. He understands that having well paid, highly trained staff is vital to providing a good service. Committed to furthering the cause of the Trade Union movement in the face of outsourcing and Anti-Trade Union Legislation, Dr Chauhan is also a Unite member and Equalities Officer for Doctors in Unite. He is an elected central council member of the Socialist Health Association.
Homelessness has risen 169% under Conservative government and many public services are ill equipped to deal with the problem, so in 2018 Dr Chauhan launched a new social enterprise, Homeless Friendly. The social enterprise aims to encourage public, private and voluntary organisations to adjust their practices to accommodate those without a permanent home. With the likes of GP practices and Hospitals signing up to the scheme, the charity is already achieving greater access to vital services for some of Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable individuals.
Dr Chauhan and his surgery have received recognition for their work in the form of local and national awards nominations – including the UK General Practitioner of the Year 2016. He is a director at the out of hours healthcare service BARDOC. Dr Chauhan is also a school governor.
As both a Councillor and GP Dr Chauhan has witnessed firsthand the effects of eight and a half years of cuts on our public services, and is working tirelessly towards a Labour Government. However, he is not content to let his community suffer in the meantime, getting his hands dirty to deliver desperately needed services.