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04.01.11

Medical profession’s strong showing in Honours list

Doctors, scientists and NHS staff are among those honoured by The Queen.

In the New Year’s Honours list, Professor Rory Collins, the co-director of the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit at the University of Oxford was knighted for services to science, as was Ronald Kerr, chief executive of Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, for services to healthcare.

Also knighted were Professor Robin Murray, professor of psychiatry at King’s College London, for services to medicine, David Newbigging for voluntary service to cancer research, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine consultant Professor Keith Porter, and public health consultant Professor Lewis Ritchie.

Una O’Brien, a former director-general at the Department of Health, was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Dr Lindsay Burley, the former chair of the National Waiting Times Centre Board, was appointed CBE, as was Professor Michael Cooke, chief executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust; Ian Dalton, chief executive of the North East Strategic Health Authority; Professor Julian Hopkin, rector for medicine and health at Swansea University; Anthony Kennan, chairman of the Multiple Sclerosis Society; Professor Ronald Laskey, the former professor of embryology at Cambridge University and Medical Research Council Cancer Cell Unit director; Rosalynde Lowe, chair of the Queen’s Nursing Institute; Michael Parker, chairman of the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Sheila Shribman, national clinical director for children, young people and maternity in London; and Roger Wilson, founder of the Sarcoma UK charity, for services to healthcare.

Scores more NHS staff, medical researchers and charity pioneers were made OBE and MBE.

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