Clare Gerada, a Maltese doctor based in the UK has been made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for her 40-year career in the medical sector, in the UK.
Clare Gerada is in fact the first Maltese woman to be ever been given a damehood by Queen Elizabeth II, having featured in the Honour’s list another time when she was awarded an MBE in the year 2000.
“Humbled to be awarded DBE,” Clare wrote on Twitter, adding that it represents a lifetime’s work.
“I’m proud to have been able to serve my patients, my profession & my community for more than 30 years,” she said, while also thanking her colleagues who have worked alongside her.
“I’m told i’m 1st Maltese woman to receive this award, chuffed,” she wrote!
Humbled to be awarded DBE. It represents a life times work. I’m proud to have been able to serve my patients, my profession & my community for >30 years. Thanks to my colleagues who’ve worked alongside me. I’m told i’m 1st Maltese woman to receive this award, chuffed.
— Clare Gerada (@ClareGerada) October 9, 2020
Clare Gerada has led the Royal College of General Practitioners as its first female chair in 50 years and is an expert on mental health and substance misuse.
Congratulations Dame Clare!