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‚ÄčCommunity heroes honoured at council awards


Dr Andrew Murray, chair of NHS Merton CCG and local GP, has been awarded one of four prestigious Excellence Awards from Merton Council. The awards ceremony was held on 17 November.

The awards aim to recognise members of the local community who dedicate their time to showcasing local areas, transforming the environment and improving the lives of others.

Dr Murray was recognised for his dedication to improving the health of Merton's residents and working in partnership with the council. Judges recognised that Dr Murray always puts his patients first and were impressed by his international work. Dr Murray has a special interest in healthcare in the developing world, setting up a community health worker training programme in Myanmar.

Dr Murray said:

"Patients are at the heart of everything we do at Merton CCG. I firmly believe that the focus should be on people and their needs, rather than just on services; and that the focus should work from the whole population through to the individual.

"It's an honour and pleasure to be recognised but this award belongs to everyone Merton CCG works with - our GPs, nurses, our partners in the Council, Merton's dedicated community and voluntary groups and local people themselves. Together we are building a new model of health and wellbeing that works for everyone.

"Merton has many challenges but I know what can be achieved when local people, local health care providers and community and civic partners work together."

Merton CCG is always looking for patient representatives who are passionate about health and would like to make a difference to the patient experience of our local health services. Our Patient Engagement Group is a forum that provides an opportunity for patients, local people and carers to inform and influence the planning, designing and delivery of local health services.

You can find out more about getting involved by clicking here.

Andrew Murray was appointed Chair of Merton CCG in April 2015.