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Top GPs pay tribute to ‘people’s champion' Tom Morton
18 May 2017

Top city GPs today united in tribute to a man who is retiring after more than ten years of service as a “critical friend” to the NHS in Portsmouth.

They called Tom Morton a ‘people’s champion’ for his work as a non-executive director of the former Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust, and later a lay member of NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation which replaced it in 2013.

Mr Morton is retiring from the CCG, for whom he has chaired the Primary Care Committee, served on the Audit Committee and previously held the post of Vice Chairman of the Governing Board. He has also been an associate  mental health act manager.

He served in the Royal Navy for 37 years, holding three sea commands, and since leaving the Senior Service has devoted his time to public service in various and varied roles, such housing, schools (he was a chairman of governors), community schemes and organisations (including Community First).

Tributes to him were today made by Dr Jim Hogan, the outgoing Clinical Leader of the CCG, who also retires at the end of this month; Dr Linda Collie, who is replacing Dr Hogan; and Dr Elizabeth Fellows, the CCG’s Clinical Chair.

Dr Hogan said: “Tom has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Portsmouth in a number of areas, including the local NHS which has benefited enormously from his experience, common sense and practical approach to every role he undertakes.

“His work has involved him being a critical friend to the NHS – challenging us and or supporting us when the occasion demands, and Tom always knows the right time and the right occasion.  He is the ultimate ‘People’s Champion.”

Dr Collie said: “For a decade now, Tom has been the voice of reason for patients and health service users. We were thrilled last year when he was recognised by the city council with a Civic Award for his outstanding contribution to the city’s life.”

Dr Fellows said: “In wishing Tom the best possible retirement, there is no doubt that we are going to considerably miss his calm, assured and authoritative presence. On behalf of Portsmouth patients, I can’t thank him enough for his contribution to the local NHS.”

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