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Doctors honoured in fight against Ebola

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Two doctors who helped lead last year’s fight against Ebola have been recognised for services to medicine in the New Year Honours list.

Consultant in infectious diseases Michael Jacobs and consultant in critical care medicine Daniel Martin, who work at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, have received a knighthood and OBE respectively for their work in combating the West African Ebola epidemic.

Dr Martin helped to treat Ebola patients at the Royal Free’s high-level isolation unit, while Sir Michael led a team of medical specialists and helped to devise drug-based strategies to check the spread of the virus.

Sir Michael said: ‘I’m honoured and humbled by this award. It is the nature of honours systems that they recognise individuals, but this truly was a team effort and I can’t praise too highly my exceptional, dedicated and skilful colleagues at the Royal Free.’

Dr Martin said: ‘I am thrilled to be receiving the award. This is a phenomenal recognition for everyone at the Royal Free Hospital.

'The care we deliver to patients with Ebola and other contagious diseases is a huge team effort that would not be possible without the hard work and determination of every single person who has contributed to our successes.’

 

High praise

Among other doctors who received honours was Oxford University emeritus professor of orthopaedic surgery Christopher Bulstrode.

After retiring as a consultant from the John Radcliffe Hospital in 2010, Professor Bulstrode has worked with charity Doctors of the World to provide medical care in countries including Afghanistan, Haiti and Sierra Leone.

Prof Bulstrode, who has received a CBE, said: ‘It has been an honour to be invited to join the teams set up by Doctors of the World and contribute what I can.’

He added: ‘I do hope this award will stand as recognition of the work of those teams, not of an individual.’

Read the full list of doctors who received honours

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