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GPs receive gongs in Queen’s birthday honours list



A GP commissioner and the head of one of the country’s flagship seven-day access schemes have been awarded an Order of the British Empire for their services to primary care in the Queen’s birthday honours list

Dr Nikita Kanani is the chief clinical officer of NHS Bexley CCG and has held roles with National Association of Primary Care and RCGP.

In 2013 Pulse earmarked Dr Kanani as ‘one to watch’ in its Power 50, when she was one of the top ‘up and coming GPs’ and was described as ‘a role model for all women juggling home and work’.

She is joined by Manchester GP partner Dr Sohail Munshi, from the Five Oaks Family Practice, who heads up the Manchester Primary Care Partnership Ltd provider company.

This is formed of the three Manchester federations, which last year won a £5.4m contract for delivering 8-8, seven-day GP services across the city.

The honours list also recognises Dr Ramesh Mehta, a retired consultant paediatrician and president of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

In 2014 BAPIO brought a High Court challenge against the RCGP over the difference in attainment between white GPs and their non-white peers in the Clinical Skills Assessment element of the MRCGP, though court ruled the exam was not directly discriminatory.

Dr Mehta said: ‘I am grateful for such a recognition and share the achievement with all my colleagues, friends and family members who have supported me for the years.’

Former BMA president Professor Parveen Kumar becomes a Dame, while the list also sees NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson, who stepped down as the chief executive of the GMC last year, receive a CBE. Further, Department of Health permanent secretary Chris Wormald is knighted to the Order of the Bath for ‘public service’.

Other honourable non-GP mentions include chef and Norwich FC owner Delia Smith, Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Beatle Sir Paul McCartney (again).

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