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Four GPs on honours list

By Craig Kenny

Leading primary care educator Dr Roger Neighbour was one of four GPs who made their way onto the Queen's Birthday Honours list this week, alongside entertainer Bruce Forsyth.

The OBE was awarded to Dr Roger Harvey Neighbour, author of the seminal textbook on patient-consultation skills, The Inner Consultation, published in 1987.

The GP from Abbots Langley, Herefordshire, has had a distinguished career in medical education culminating in 2003 with his election as president of the RCGP.

Described as a primary care educator, he was awarded the CBE in recognition of his services to medical education.

The MBE was awarded to Dr Frederick James MacSorley, a GP in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. Dr McSorley offers his services as a doctor at motorbike races. His honour was for services to healthcare in Northern Ireland.

Dr James Alexander Grant, a GP in Auchterarder, Scotland, was given the MBE for his services to community healthcare in Scotland.

The MBE also went to Dr Richard Ernest George Sloan, a former GP in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, for services to healthcare.

Knighthoods were given to Professor Michael Boyle, national clinical director for heart disease and stroke; Dr Henry Burns, the CMO in Scotland, Paul Williams, former chief executive of NHS Wales; and Professor Kent Woods, chief executive of the MHRA.

A CBE was awarded to Professor Brian Williams, former president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Dr Roger Neighbour