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PSNC committee member recognised in New Year honours

PSNC committee member Raj Patel has been recognised in the New Year honours list for his services to pharmacy.

Raj, who is an independent contractor and owner of six pharmacies, said he was delighted to have been appointed MBE.

Raj has been an influential member of the PSNC committee since 2000. He now sits on the committee’s Funding and Contract Subcommittee and he was closely involved in the work and negotiation leading up to the introduction of the 2005 community pharmacy contractual framework.

“I’m delighted to have received this recognition, but this is not just an award for me, it reflects the recognition that community pharmacy as a whole is now getting from both patients and the Government,” he said.

Essex community pharmacist Kaushik Chaturbhai Patel was also appointed MBE for services to pharmacy in this year’s honours, while Leslie Morgan, pharmacist and managing director of specialist medical supply company Durbin PLC, was appointed OBE for services to the pharmaceutical industry and to charity.

“Having three pharmacists on the New Year honours list this year shows how much we have progressed and the respect that we now have,” Raj said.

PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe said:  

“It is always great to see pharmacists making the New Year honours list and getting well deserved recognition for the vital work they are doing for their patients and local communities. Congratulations go to all those named this year – it is a brilliant achievement.”

Posted 3 January 2013

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