Merton healthcare boss Dr Howard Freeman awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

Dr Howard Freeman who has been awarded an MBE

Dr Howard Freeman who has been awarded an MBE

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GP and chair of Merton healthcare Dr Howard Freeman has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

A spokesperson said Dr Freeman has been recognised for his outstanding contribution in services for primary care and represents his exceptional achievements in his career as a local GP and his involvement in leading health services across the NHS.

It comes after the leader of Merton Council, Stephen Alambritis, called on Mr Freeman to resign after disagreements over the finances of the local NHS.

He is chairman of the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group and of the London Clinical Commissioning Council.

On receiving his MBE Dr Howard said: "I am thrilled to be awarded this prestigious honour.

“This is a fantastic accolade to mark the achievements throughout my health service career."

Dr Howard has worked in general practice for 35 years and has been involved in local health commissioning and leadership for the borough of Merton and across the capital for 30 years.

He said "I have worked in Merton since the 1980s and I am enormously proud of the changes we've brought to general practice and the wider health economy during that time."

Eleanor Brown, chief officer of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are all delighted for Howard.

“He has worked tirelessly to promote general practice, locally and nationally.

“This award is truly deserved."

Dr Freeman is the clinical chairman of Merton CCG, as well as the chair of the London Clinical Commissioning Council which represents all GP commissioners in London.

He studied at Cambridge University and University College London Hospital (UCLH) and began his career as a GP in London in the early 1980s.

Until recently he presided over the largest GP practice in south west London.

Dr Freeman also sits on the London Health Board which a spokesperson said is the new strategic health board for London promoting the wellbeing of the capital’s residents.

He has also played key roles as part of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC).

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10:10am Mon 16 Jun 14

Georgia Lewis says...

Really? An MBE for the man who shut down a Clinical Commissioning Group meeting that was open to the public after members of the public asked perfectly valid questions? An MBE for the man who has endorsed wholesale cuts across SW London health services rather than being a true advocate for the patients he is supposed to serve? An MBE for a man whose job has become part of an overly bureaucratic, non-transparent, unwieldy NHS, an NHS that now appears to be "managed" in a way designed to starve it of funds and services to make cuts and downgrades more palatable to the general public and to pave the way for further privatisation?

Also, I really want to know who nominated him for this honour...
Really? An MBE for the man who shut down a Clinical Commissioning Group meeting that was open to the public after members of the public asked perfectly valid questions? An MBE for the man who has endorsed wholesale cuts across SW London health services rather than being a true advocate for the patients he is supposed to serve? An MBE for a man whose job has become part of an overly bureaucratic, non-transparent, unwieldy NHS, an NHS that now appears to be "managed" in a way designed to starve it of funds and services to make cuts and downgrades more palatable to the general public and to pave the way for further privatisation? Also, I really want to know who nominated him for this honour... Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 1

12:23pm Mon 16 Jun 14

level6 says...

An MBE for the man who ran the biggest GP practice in SW London and wants to close our local A&E, Maternity, Childrens Hospital, Intensive Care and Renal Units along with nearly 400 beds to spend more of the NHS budget on....GPs and clinic services. The nan who refused ti answer questions on his own "conflicts of interest" put by several members if the public at at meeting in public and then threw ALL the public out. Including MP Siobhain McDonagh. An MBE for the man who is helping to privatise and destroy our NHS.Ahhh...
An MBE for the man who ran the biggest GP practice in SW London and wants to close our local A&E, Maternity, Childrens Hospital, Intensive Care and Renal Units along with nearly 400 beds to spend more of the NHS budget on....GPs and clinic services. The nan who refused ti answer questions on his own "conflicts of interest" put by several members if the public at at meeting in public and then threw ALL the public out. Including MP Siobhain McDonagh. An MBE for the man who is helping to privatise and destroy our NHS.Ahhh... level6
  • Score: 2

8:23am Tue 17 Jun 14

tjames says...

i did not know he threw mcdonut out--if true he has gone up massively in my estimation. and merton leader must be put out by the mbe
i did not know he threw mcdonut out--if true he has gone up massively in my estimation. and merton leader must be put out by the mbe tjames
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12:27pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Georgia Lewis says...

tjames, why is it a good thing if anyone, MP or not, was thrown out of a meeting that was open to the public after hard questions were asked about Dr Freeman's interests? This led to the meeting concluding behind closed doors. Why would you be pleased at such a lack of transparency on discussions that are about how our tax money is spent on healthcare in our community?
tjames, why is it a good thing if anyone, MP or not, was thrown out of a meeting that was open to the public after hard questions were asked about Dr Freeman's interests? This led to the meeting concluding behind closed doors. Why would you be pleased at such a lack of transparency on discussions that are about how our tax money is spent on healthcare in our community? Georgia Lewis
  • Score: 1

2:52pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Pippa Maslin says...

In my opinion, the whole honours system is a load of old hooey, but yes, as Georgia Lewis says, it would be good to know who nominated him.
In my opinion, the whole honours system is a load of old hooey, but yes, as Georgia Lewis says, it would be good to know who nominated him. Pippa Maslin
  • Score: 1

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