A MUCH respected former Mexborough GP has died at the age of 80.
Dr Arun Srivastava died on Monday at his Sheffield flat, after moving there in recent years from his High Melton home with several acres of land.
Dr Srivastava came to Mexborough in 1966 to take charge of accident and emergency department in Rotherham. He was asked in the early 1970s by Mexborough GP Dr Bhatia, to help him out during the time he was having an operation, and never left.
The GP, who had three children, served the town for 36 years, and latterly shared a practice in Adwick Road.
He campaigned to keep Montagu Hospital open and in the 1970s went to London with other GPs, MPs, trade unions and headteachers to lobby the Government.
Dr Srivastava was born in India and qualified as a doctor in 1955 at a top medical school in Madras. He spent 12 years in the UK in surgical practice before joining a general practice.
He was also a long-serving Mason and cricket fan, and had a villa in the south of Spain where he enjoyed holidays.
The funeral date had not yet been fixed as the Times went to press.