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RCGP leaders receive New Year honours

The current RCGP vice-chair and the former chair of RCGP Scotland have both been awarded OBEs in this year’s New Year Honours.

RCGP vice-chair Professor Amanda Howe and former RCGP Scotland chair Dr John Gillies received their honours for services to general practice and primary care.

Professor Howe, who is a professor of primary care at East Anglia University, was RCGP honorary secretary until being elected vice-chair in 2013.The outspoken proponent of four-year GP training will later this year become the first female president of the World Organization of Family Doctors. 

Dr Gillies, currently deputy director of the Scottish School of Primary Care, was chairman of RCGP Scotland from 2010 to 2014, during which time he was vocal in calls to increase funding for general practice.

Meanwhile, Dr Charles Heatley, a GP in Sheffield who helped fight the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, received a CBE, as did NHS England acute care director Professor Keith Willett.

Gloucestershire GP practice nurse Carol Ann Stonham, previously highlighted for her work in respiratory care, received an MBE for 30 years of services to nursing.


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  • Took Early Retirement

    and I thought these totally debased "honours" were for going "beyond the day job", which for the colleague involved in Ebola would be thoroughly deserved, but for being a college officer?? Nah!

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  • Agree with above.
    At least one of the OBEs has own head up ones' a$$.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Perhaps then needs the OBN?

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  • ....whilst General Practice goes down the pan!

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  • Could Copperfield be appointed King?

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  • Agree as usual with John glasspool

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  • My personal view is one that has always disliked this "honour" system.

    In NHS Scotland we have Healthcare Improvement Scotland who has a significant number of award recipients. Healthcare Improvement Scotland work hand-in-glove with the Scottish Government. In my opinion, and experience, this adds to a culture of "top-down" control in NHS Scotland.

    Even the Scottish Health Council - who promote "stronger voice" for the Scottish public - are part of Healthcare Improvement Scotland (Scottish Government).

    Critical thinkers and counter voices are not welecome and science that learns from such loses out. Care suffers.

    Dr Peter J Gordon
    [writing in a personal capacity]

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  • What?! No knighthoods, or even CBEs for our "leaders'?
    Well then, they must try harder to please Jeremy.

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  • Doesn't it say something that a lot of health professionals here are not in support of those "leaders" receiving honours. And it's not jealousy.

    Except for Dr Heatley who was brave enough to face a deadly virus (I don't mean our health secretary) to save lives and he truely deserves a mention.

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