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Tower Hamlets GP and CCG lead knighted in New Year's Honours

A Tower Hamlets GP has been knighted in this year’s New Year’s Honours, with Dr Sam Everington to be titled Sir Sam going forward.

Dr Everington, who chairs Tower Hamlets CCG, is a BMA Council member, the former deputy chair of the BMA and a GP at the Bromley-by-Bow Centre in east London, received the honour ‘for services to primary care’.

His knighthood citation further said he was ‘a cutting-edge innovator’ who has improved GP services in one of the poorest areas of the country.

It said: ‘Beyond his own practice, he has improved health services across east London from the transition between GP services and acute care in one of London’s poorest boroughs, while delivering the highest rate of MMR immunisation in London.’

Most recently a member of the London Health Commission, which recommended a £1bn investment in GP premises and moving to an 8-8 service in the capital, Dr Everington has been an outspoken leader on GP commissioning and reforms to primary care services.

However he famously called for the Health and Social Care Bill to be stopped in 2012. In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, which was seized upon by Labour Ed Miliband in a heated parliamentary debate, Dr Everington said the NHS could be improved without the bureaucracy the Act would bring.

Dr Everington said: ‘It’s a wonderful surprise and privilege for my work to be recognised. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity of working with fantastic partners, colleagues and patients in Tower Hamlets, including the local CCG and the Bromley-By-Bow Centre.’

Tower Hamlets CCG chief officer Jane Milligan said Dr Everington’s driving force was ‘his love for the NHS’ and his ‘dedication to local people’ of Tower Hamlets.

She added: ‘This is a great honour for him, for the NHS, and community of Tower Hamlets. Sam’s focus is and always will be the health of local people… Receiving a knighthood is a great recognition of this passion and his success.’

The CQC’s senior GP adviser Professor Nigel Sparrow was also recognised in the New Year’s Honours, receiving an OBE for services to primary care. Other GPs on the list included Dr Timothy Robson, a Hertfordshire GP running a homeless clinic, also with an OBE, and Dr Caron Morton, accountable officer for Shropshire CCG, who received an MBE.

Two Scottish GPs were also recognised, with former BMA Scottish Council chair Dr Brian Keighly, a GP in Balfron, Stirlingshire, receiving an OBE and Dr David Troup, GP at Arrochar Surgery in Dunbartonshire, receiving an MBE.

Readers' comments (12)

  • How quaint! Isn't it about time these gongs were done away one individual achieves anything without a whole team of nameless people supporting them - too numerous too count by the time these archaic knighthoods are awarded.

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  • In spite of the above post hearty congratulations to a hardworking and thoroughly deserving doctor.
    Well done Sir.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Well, it would be nice to see something for some "ordinary" doctors also working hard and staying most of the time at the coal face, rather than attending numberless committees. Also, I wonder if any of the people who went off as VOLUNTEERS to treat Ebola got anything?

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  • No disrepect to who is undoubtably a great doctor. However, can we please do away with this feudal nonsense of the 'honours system'. Smacks too much of the establishment and feeding troughs.

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  • Baubles of a defunct empire for people who can kiss political ass they are just doing their jobs like the rest of us

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  • in view of the disastrous state of the Health Services following the Coalition's reforms these honours should have been refused by their recipients.

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  • O.M.G! Sir Sam, Dame Whatshername or whatever her name is who couldn't see she shouldn't even be sitting on yet another of the numerous child abuse enquiry..who would want such a ridiculous 'honour' - they sound like pantomime characters.who will play the ogre, which is the cinderella service. Who will save the NHS from the big bad wolves?

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  • O.B.E - Order of the British Empire

    Also, responsible for enslavement, atrocities, exploitation of whole continents and the destablising of countries and regions throughout the world to this very day. The imposing of European value systems on peoples not because they wanted it but because they had no choice.

    To many the British Empire was far from a good thing. It was the looting of other people's resources for the benefit of the rich in the UK. There are still people alive today in India who remember the conduct of some of our very own far from fondly.

    Can't for the life of me understand why on earth anyone would want to be associated with it.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Interesting points on the 'meaning' of these titles , especially on the perspectives of colonialism and imperialism as far as history is concerned . I suppose time is different and I would argue the biggest imperialist is actually China right now !
    Acknowledging people's contributions to a society should be a 'neutral' matter. No hard feelings. Of course, too much glamorisation however , raises the eyebrows of some. One can argue Britain is transforming as far as the demography of the population is concerned and hence the 'common values' ( I can see the typical right winged ideologist would jump to disagree to this).
    Why are all medical colleges in this country called RC... instead of British College of .......( as compared to Amercia , Australia, etc).
    Time to let go with some 'legacies' of history?? Some fruitful thoughts indeed ..........

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  • Ivan Benett

    Congratulations Sam, Sir Sam, well deserved indeed

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