Surgeon awarded MBE for helping to promote ‘diversity in medicine’

Surgeon awarded MBE for helping to promote ‘diversity in medicine’

by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

RETIRED surgeon Gurpreet Singh has been  awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to healthcare, diversity and equality. 

Mr Singh is a former urological surgeon at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust with more than 25 years’ experience in general and neuro-urology.  Since April 2018 he has been a non-executive director of the Trust board. 

In an active medical career, he was an executive member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons where he helped write the curriculum for functional and neuro-urology. He was also chair of the surgical specialty group for urology for the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, leading on patient safety and training. Active in the field of medical research, he has published more than 150 peer-reviewed studies and articles. 

Mr Singh, who lives in Southport,  has been a champion of diversity in medicine, including through the General Medical Council diversity forum, improving diverse representation on fitness to practice panels, promoting standards for international medical graduates, and fairness in examination outcomes.  

He said: “I am hugely humbled to receive this award. I want to thank everyone who has worked with me over the years to make change for the better on the issues I care about.” 

Trust chair Neil Masom added: “The Board and entire Trust offers their heartiest congratulations to Gurpreet for this richly-deserved award.  Promoting greater equality and diversity in the NHS is a subject close to Gurpreet’s heart. He believes passionately that the NHS should be representative of the entire community that it serves.” 

Elsewhere in Merseyside, the area’s Chief Fire Officer, Phil Garrigan, has also been awarded an OBE.

Phil, who grew up in Maghull and joined Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in 1990, will be awarded ‘for services to fire and rescue during Covid-19’.

He said: “I am very humbled to receive this honour and recognise that it is in no small part down to the incredible people I work with, people who go out of their way every day to protect the public.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, who have always given me their unfaltering support and all those who are part of this great organisation, have helped us develop a national and international reputation - a reputation for making a real difference in the lives of those people we have the privilege to serve.

“Nowhere is this more evident than in our response to the pandemic, which has shown that we understand our place at the heart of our communities.

“I am also incredibly grateful to my wife Michelle for allowing me the opportunities in work that many other people aren’t afforded. I know my own limitations and I know that they are offset by hard work, accessibility and unswerving commitment to the people of Merseyside, all of which can come at a cost unless you have someone so understanding as my wife by your side.”

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