The tearful doctor says the government must do more to help the poor as he is honored by the Queen

dr Raghib Ali lost his father during the second lockdown, which he says spurred him on to encourage ethnic minorities to take the Covid jab. He was made an OBE for services to the NHS and praised for his work

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A doctor who returned to the front lines during the Covid pandemic broke down in tears after receiving an honor – and urged the government to do more to solve the cost of living crisis.

dr Raghib Ali, an acute care consultant at Oxford University Hospitals, has stepped down from his university work to volunteer unpaid during the pandemic.

The 46-year-old, from Bedford, lost his father during the second lockdown, which he claims spurred him on to encourage ethnic minorities to take the Covid jab.

He was made an OBE for services to the NHS, the response to Covid-19, and was praised for his work in encouraging Brits to take the vaccine.

The 46-year-old from Bedford, who grew up with free school meals, hopes children growing up in poverty can see “that it’s not unrealistic” to make it.

“Through hard work and more government intervention, it’s possible,” he told the Mirror.

dr Raghib Ali has been awarded an OBE for services to the NHS and the Covid-19 response in the Queen’s Birthday Honors Roll



dr Ali became tearful while describing his father, who died of pulmonary complications in October 2020 after contracting Covid.

“He always had big ambitions for his children. He would have been so shocked and amazed to see me get this honor.

“Growing up, there were days when we didn’t have anything to eat.

“The chances of having a child in my circumstances and getting a job, let alone going to a top university like Cambridge, were next to zero.

“Things are still not good for young people growing up in harsh conditions

The doctor was praised for his work and contributions to the NHS

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England



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“The key is education, and really having role models, so growing up, those role models weren’t always available, it was very rare that kids with free school meals went to college, became professionals, became doctors.”

Referring to the cost-of-living crisis, he added: “The government needs to do more to help children who dream big but are growing up in poor conditions.

“There are pockets of deprivation in every city across the country.

“It is still very difficult for children from poor backgrounds to reach their full potential. We cannot ignore that and we cannot ignore them.”

A Government spokeswoman said the number of people from a poorer socio-economic background had increased in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors list.

Two of the most senior figures in the NHS have become a knight and a dame.

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of the NHS since 2018 and a doctor for 25 years, and Chief Nurse Officer Dr. Ruth May, Head of the Nursing, Midwifery and Nursing Professions in England, became a registered nurse in 1985.

A 104-year-old dance teacher has spoken of her joy at being awarded a British Empire Medal in recognition of her lifelong work dedicated to the arts.

Angela Redgrave has been Principal of the Bristol School of Dancing since 1970 and started dancing herself at the relatively late age of 10.

Her dedication and professionalism were previously recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Academy of Dance.

Activist and journalist Alexis Bowater was named an OBE after spending the past decade fighting violence against women and girls.

Ms Bowater, who is campaigning for new anti-stalking laws in the UK, has urged the public to have a conversation about solving the problem after living in fear for many years before a man was jailed for stalking in 2009.

Eleven-year-old twins, who raised £46,000 for charity, are the youngest recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honors in their Platinum Jubilee year.

Elena and Ruben Evans-Guillen, from Cheshire, were just six years old when they set out on their first fundraising challenge: running 100km in a year to raise money for a garden at the town’s hospital, where their mother, Mercedes Guillen Dominguez, works.

It comes as the cost of living crisis has forced schools to swap hot meals for sandwiches.

School children have even received smaller portions as teachers have to choose between cheaper meals or cutting staff.

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