On Friday 9th November 2012 I was delighted to be awarded the Dr Alastair Donald Award by RCGP Scotland at the annual gala dinner. It was a lovely night but the PA was not the best and I fear that what I said might not have been heard. So here is a copy of my notes: –
I have a new role model – Dr Alastair Donald.
His obituary by our colleagues at the Royal College of Physicians said: –
“The key role Alastair played was to harness the disparate and sometimes mercurial talents of others, to create and establish high quality postgraduate training programmes for General Practice.”
The American cultural anthropologist, Margaret Mead said: –
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”
On 24th December 1912 Dewar Committee published its report on Medical Services in the Highlands & Islands. I believe that that group of committed citizens really did change the world. The HIMS revolutionised medical care in the Crofting Counties and led to the creation of the modern NHS.
Over the last 2 years I’ve had the privilege to have been part of a new small & thoughtful group, to celebrate the Dewar centenary.Hosted by the North of Scotland Faculty, the group comprises GPs, Historians and Archivists from 6 Health Board areas and we have just heard that as a result of our work the Cabinet Secretary, Alex Neal has tasked NHS Highland to develop a new model for the delivery of Primary Care for the remote areas of Scotland.
It has been my luck to be helped by fantastic:
• & Peers, especially my colleagues at Dingwall Medical Group
• I’m pleased that Jim Douglas, chair of the Dewar Group and Ed Russell-Smith, fellow facilitator on the Scottish Trainer Development Group are here tonight