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Retired Consultant honoured in Queen’s Birthday List

June 20, 2017

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is delighted to announce that one of our retired consultants, Dr Ramesh Mehta, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced on 16 June 2017 with an appointment of the officer of the Order of British Empire (OBE) for services to the NHS.

Dr Mehta, until his recent retirement, served as a consultant and lead Paediatrician at the Trust and provided exemplary services to the NHS, spanning over thirty years.

His professional leadership as a Paediatrician has helped modernise local and regional Child Health services. He has influenced policy making decisions regarding the health care of children nationally. His various roles have included Chairman for the East of England Paediatric Development Group, Council member for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Vice Chair for MRCPCH part 2 Examination Board, Member of the standards setting group in paediatrics & neonatology of General Medical Council and Reviewer for Health Care Commission. Dr Mehta has contributed significantly at national level on issues related to supporting equality and diversity for NHS professionals.

His passion to promote professional excellence and leadership, particularly within ethnic minority groups, led him to create a new voluntary body in 1996, The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO). It has become the most influential national organisation of BME Doctors.

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

Stephen Conroy, Chief Executive of Bedford Hospital said, “This recognition to Dr Mehta is thoroughly deserved. His contribution not only to our hospital but to health care in general is extremely appreciated and he remains a well-respected figure amongst his previous colleagues and health care professionals, a true role model. I am incredibly thrilled that Dr Mehta has been recognised in this way and I send warm congratulations to him on behalf of everyone at Bedford Hospital.”