Scottish dentists to receive top honours
Two Scottish dentists have been recognised for their hard work and commitment to their profession in the annual BDA Honours and Awards
Hamilton dentist Graham McKirdy, who retired late last year, has been given Fellowship of the Association and community dentist Robert Hamilton has been awarded BDA Life Membership. The honours and awards will be officially presented at a special dinner and ceremony at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition on Saturday 28 May in Manchester.
Graham McKirdy worked as a GDP for more than 30 years and is a former chair of both the BDA’s Scottish Council and UK council, as well as being a member of the General Dental Practice Committee and the Scottish Dental Practice Committee.
He said: “I think it’s a great privilege to be recognised by the BDA and also
by the west of Scotland branch for nominating me. It has been a privilege to represent general dental practitioners and dentists in general, over many years. I would like to think I have played a small part in improving dentistry in the practice and overall the delivery of dentistry for patients.”
Robert Hamilton, who is now also retired, is a former chair of the BDA’s Scottish Salaried Dentists Committee and was the lead dentist in negotiations for new terms and conditions which led to the new Public Dental Service in Scotland. He worked in the community service in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas for more than 30 years.
He said: “It is a great honour to be given life membership. It is a recognition from colleagues that I must have done something right. Being elected in the first place and then to be trusted to chair the committee, or hold some other office, is a privilege in itself.
“Over the years I have always worked with a very supportive group of committee members and exceptional BDA staff members who have made life much easier than it might have been.”