Who's he, I hear you ask?Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), has today been recognised by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for his service to medicine in her birthday honours list, with the award of a knighthood.
Sir Ian Thomas Gilmore (born 1947) is a professor of hepatology (diseases of the liver) and the currentRoyal College of Physicians of London (PRCP).[update] president of theThe above from
He trained at Cambridge University and St Thomas' Hospital, qualifying in 1971 and subsequently specialising in gastroenterology (diseases of the digestive tract), specifically liver disease. Having spent time in the United States at the University of California, San Diego (1979-1980) as an MRC Travelling Fellow he assumed a consultant post at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He was made honorary professor at the University of Liverpool in 1999.
In 2001 he chaired a Royal College of Physicians working party that produced the report "Alcohol – can the NHS afford it?" Since his election as president of the College in 2006 he has made several public statements on alcohol misuse in the United Kingdom, and under his leadership the Royal College initiated the Alcohol Health Alliance UK in 2007. He was knighted in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Now I'm not going to do a hatchet job on this man as, up until a few days ago, I'd never heard of the man but, as they say, I know a man that does. Frank Davis:
Ian Gilmore: Well, I think we all want more control of our lives and less interference from government in what we do, nonetheless I don't think we can necessarily talk about entire free will when, for example, nicotine is second only to heroin as the most addictive drug in our society. It isn't a level playing field. It isn't all about forcing people to do things..But it's perhaps creating an environment that makes it easier for them to make healthier choices, and I think the ban on smoking in public places is a very good example of this.
Frank had more than a few concerns regarding the newly appointed Sir Ian Gilmore's attitude to governmental control over our lives, and in particular, our 'lifestyle' choices.
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