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Military medics' work recognised

Lt Gen Louis Lillywhite
Lt Gen Lillywhite is Britain's highest-ranking military medic

The work of Britain's military medics has been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Medical personnel ranging from the surgeon general, Lt Gen Louis Lillywhite, to field hospital commanding officers are being rewarded.

Lt Gen Lillywhite, Britain's highest-ranking military medic, is appointed a Companion in the military division of the Order of the Bath.

He said: "Looking after our patients is very much a team effort."

He added: "I am delighted to receive this award and I congratulate my professional colleagues whose superb work in caring for our casualties has also been acknowledged by today's awards.


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"Looking after our patients is very much a team effort, and I pay tribute to everyone who plays a role in the excellent standard of care we offer to our armed forces.

"Together, they represent a pathway of care that links the first responders and field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq to the military and civilian centres of excellence in the UK."

'Professionalism and commitment'

Among those honoured is Colonel Sam Rawlinson, who is commanding officer of the Scottish Territorial Army field hospital.

He has introduced new blood transfusion policies that have "significantly contributed" to improved casualty survival rates on operations, and becomes an OBE.

Military CBEs go to Surgeon Commodore Tim Douglas-Riley, the Royal Navy's assistant chief of staff (medical), and Colonel Timothy Hodgetts, a military professor of emergency medicine.

Defence Secretary John Hutton said: "I am delighted that Her Majesty has recognised the outstanding contributions made by so many of the armed forces and people who work in defence.

"Their professionalism and commitment to the defence of our country stands out as being truly exceptional.

"It is right that they are recognised for their work, and I am immensely proud of their achievements and congratulate them all."

More than 120 service personnel were among the recipients of honours on the New Year list. Some 44 civilians were honoured for their work for the Ministry of Defence or in other aspects of defence.

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