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New Years honours for NHS figures

31st December 2009

A number of leading figures in the NHS have been recognised in the New Year’s honours list.


Among them are NHS chief executive David Nicholson, cancer tsar Mike Richards, and Andrew Dillon, who has led the drug advisory body the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) since its creation in 1999.

The honours recognise the significant roles they have played in transforming the health service during their careers.

Sir David, a former chief executive of NHS London, has worked in the health service for 25 years, while Sir Mike has been the government’s national director of cancer since 1999.

During that time he has overseen the publication of the NHS Cancer Plan and Cancer Reform Strategy.

But there are a number of other figures who have also received awards for their work in the NHS or specific fields of medical expertise.

Also being knighted is Professor Mansel Aylward, a former government medical adviser and chairman of the Wales Centre for Health, and a leading genetics expert from Newcastle University Professor John Burn.

Former Red Cross nurse Dr Claire Bertschinger, who currently works for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine but appeared in reporter Michael Buerk’s famous 1984 reports on the Ethiopian famine, was made a Dame for services to nursing and international humanitarian aid, along with Oxford University cancer expert Professor Valerie Beral.

Receiving CBEs is chief dental officer Barry Cockcroft and President of the Royal College of GPs Professor Steve Field while Matron Anna-Marie Hale from Birmingham’s Selly Oak Hospital was awarded an OBE.


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