John Richardson, Baron Richardson

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John Samuel Richardson, Baron Richardson Bt Kt LVO FRCP (born June 16, 1910 in Sheffield - † August 15, 2004 in Braunton , Devon ) was a British physician who was a leading figure in many fields in British medicine after the Second world war II , President of the General Medical Council ( General Medical Council ), the British Medical Association ( British Medical Association ), the Royal society of medicine ( Royal society of medicine ) and 1967-1972 Chairman of the United consultants Committee ( joint consultants Committee ) was and 1979 when Life Peer became a member of the House of Lords under the Life Peerages Act 1958 .


Studies, World War II and medical career

Richardson was the son of a solicitor who died while serving in the First World War while his mother came from a family of steel contractors. After visiting the Charterhouse School , he graduated in medicine at Trinity College of the University of Cambridge and at the teaching hospital of St Thomas' Hospital , which he in 1936 with a Bachelor of Surgery (B.Ch.) graduated. At the same time he won the Bristowe Medal named after John Syer Bristowe and the Hadden Prize for his outstanding student achievements . In 1937 he became a member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and finally earned a doctorate in medicine (MD) in 1940 .

A subsequent medical career at St Thomas' Hospital, he had to interrupt because of his military service in World War II. In the following years he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and was last promoted to lieutenant colonel. For his services during the Africa campaign he was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 1943. During this time he met the then representative of the British government to the Allies in the Mediterranean region and later Prime Minister Harold Macmillan , whose private doctor later became.

After the end of the war he became a senior assistant in the medical department at St Thomas' Hospital in 1946, where he subsequently worked as a doctor from 1947 until he retired in 1975. He also worked as a doctor at Watford and District Peace Memorial Hospital and Wembley Hospital . In 1948 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians . Shortly afterwards he had to interrupt his medical work again after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis . However, he recovered from this within a year and then continued to work as a doctor. At times he also worked as a doctor at King Edward VII's Hospital for Officers and was also a member of the Board of Directors of St Thomas's Hospital between 1953 and 1959.

In addition, Richardson worked for over twenty years from 1957 to 1980 as a consultant doctor for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the police department of Greater London . For his services he was beaten on January 1, 1960 to the Knight Bachelor and from then on led to the name suffix "Sir". In 1963 he was given the hereditary title of Baronet , of Eccleshall in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

During an absence due to vacation, Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister on October 19, 1963 on the advice of other doctors for health reasons, whereby Richardson attested to him after his return from vacation that he had no cancer and consequently did not have to resign.

In addition, Richardson served for forty years between 1964 and 2004 as the Consultant Doctor of the London Transport Board responsible for London's local public transport . During this time he was President of the International Society for Internal Medicine between 1966 and 1970, of which he became Honorary President in 1970.

Official of medical organizations and member of the House of Lords

In addition, from 1967 to 1972 he was chairman of the Joint Consultants Committee (JCC). This period was marked by numerous restructuring within the National Health Service, such as the rationalization of the medical organization in the NHS hospitals, which were both necessary and inevitable. The proposals developed within a working group were presented in 1967 in a first report of the United Working Group on the Organization of Medical Work in Hospitals, the so-called Cogwheel Report ( First Report of the Joint Working Party on the Organization of Medical Work in Hospitals ), and were subsequently considered overdue Reforms implemented.

At the same time, Richardson was President of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) from 1969 to 1971 and President of the British Medical Association (BMA) between 1970 and 1971. Furthermore, between 1970 and 1974 he was the chief editor of the British Encyclopaedia of Medical Practice and editor of three other medical books. He also served as Master of the Apothecaries between 1971 and 1972 . In 1972 the Royal College of Nursing appointed him its vice-president.

He also served as President of the General Medical Council (GMC) from 1973 to 1980 and, in this capacity, held several meetings between 1974 and 1976 with the then Secretary of State for Health and Social Services , Barbara Castle , through. Gray's Inn Bar Association ( Inns of Court ) also awarded him the honorary title of Bencher in 1974 , which is commonly awarded to deserving lawyers.

By a letters patent dated February 2, 1979, Richardson was raised as a life peer with the title Baron Richardson , of Lee in the County of Devon, to the nobility and was thus a member of the House of Lords until his death.

For his many years of service, he was also a fellow of numerous medical faculties and honorary doctorates from five universities, which awarded him honorary doctorates in science (Hon. D.Sc.) and law (Hon. LL.D.). In 1979 he also became an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

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Individual evidence

  1. London Gazette . No. 42087, HMSO, London, July 8, 1960, p. 4729 ( PDF , accessed November 29, 2013, English).
  2. London Gazette . No. 43164, HMSO, London, November 22, 1963, p. 9515 ( PDF , accessed November 29, 2013, English).
  3. ^ London Gazette  (Supplement). No. 47733, HMSO, London, December 29, 1978, p. 56 ( PDF , accessed November 29, 2013, English).
  4. London Gazette . No. 47764, HMSO, London, February 6, 1979, p. 1648 ( PDF , accessed November 29, 2013, English).