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London Bridge attack A&E doctor among NHS staff recognised in New Year Honours

Dozens of National Health Service staff have been recognised.

London Bridge (Met Police/PA)
London Bridge (Met Police/PA)

A doctor who organised emergency care for victims of the London Bridge terror attack is among dozens of National Health Service staff recognised in the New Year Honours.

Malik Ramadhan, who was working in A&E at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel on June 3 2017, is awarded an OBE for services to healthcare.

“Everyone rallies around in a crisis, it’s what we’re all built for,” the emergency consultant told the Barts Health NHS trust website.

Joy Ongcachuy, robotic lead nurse, and Emma Senyard, associate director of nursing, both of the Royal London hospital, also get OBEs.

Ms Ongcachuy told the website: “We opened an additional six theatres that night and everyone I called dropped everything they were doing to come to the aid of the patients. No one panicked, everyone was calm and so supportive.”

Eight people were killed by three jihadists wearing fake suicide vests who ploughed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before getting out and stabbing people in nearby Borough Market. The attackers were shot dead by police.

Paul Woodrow, operations director for the London Ambulance Service, also gets an OBE for his role in organising care for victims of the terror attacks in London and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Colin Kelsey, who led the NHS response to the Manchester Arena suicide bombing, also gets an OBE, as does Peter Boorman, lead for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response for NHS England in London.

Mr Boorman helped deal with the fallout from the Westminster and London Bridge attacks, the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Wannacry cyber-attack on the health service and the Croydon tram crash in 2016.

NHS England chairman Lord David Prior said: “These are remarkable people doing extraordinary things for their fellow citizens.

“The NHS is a unique organisation which has won the hearts and minds of all of us for over 70 years, but its success depends wholly on the people who work in it.

“Those who have been honoured for their service this year honour us all. Many, many congratulations to them.”

Meanwhile, Professor Simon Kay, a Leeds-based plastic surgeon, gets an OBE after performing the first double hand transplant in the UK.

In 2016, Prof Kay completed the pioneering procedure on severely maimed Chris King, who later wrote a letter thanking the surgeon for restoring his ability to applaud his beloved Leeds Rhinos rugby team.

Kate Davies, who leads NHS care for armed forces veterans and sexual assault victims, is made a CBE for services to diversity and equality in healthcare, while national mental health director Claire Murdoch also gets a CBE for her services.

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