NHS surgeon “humbled” by accolade

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In his 39 years working for the NHS, Kumar Das has never had a day off sick and yesterday he said he was “humbled and privileged” to be recognised for doing a job he loves.

Much of Dr Das’s career has been spent at the Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton, where he is associate specialist in trauma and orthopaedics.

“I am very, very humbled and I am very privileged this is just unbelievable to have been recognised,” Dr Das said of his MBE.

“I absolutely love my job, I love to make people better if I can. I am simply doing my job and I love doing it that’s why I am doing it.”

Dr Das was one of a number of health professionals in the region honoured.

Other recipients included Professor Hilary Mavis Graham, Professor of Health Sciences University of York, who was awarded the CBE for services to public health research, while Steven Peter Michael, chief executive of the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust receives the OBE for services to healthcare and Lynne Smith, clinical manager and chief clinical physiologist at the Department of Gastro Intestinal Physiology, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, was made an MBE for services to healthcare.