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Independents' Day

Award for GP-turned-PCT-chief

By Steve Nowottny

A senior GP who retired from his practice in order to take up a role as chair of his local PCT has been named the RCGP's North West GP of the Year.

Dr Kailash Chand, a BMA council member who retired from his practice in August to take over as chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop, received the award last week in recognition of his 'distinguished long service to his local community, his support of his medical colleagues and his passion for driving medical political debate'.

Dr Chand said he was 'honoured' to receive the award.

'I am especially pleased at being recognised for highlighting health inequalities,' he said. 'I will continue to address these issues in my new role.'

Meanwhile Gina Bird, a receptionist at the Lockside Medical Centre in Stalybridge, Cheshire, was named RCGP North West Receptionist of the Year for her 'outstanding commitment' to her surgery during a difficult period which included two separate staff bereavements.

Other award winners included Freda Matthew from the Waterloo Medical Centre in Blackpool, who won Practice Manager of the Year, Annette Barrett from the Horsfield Practice in Colne, named Practice Nurse of the Year, and staff at the Boundary House Medical Centre in South Manchester, chosen as Practice Team of the Year.

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