Retired Devon GP wins prestigious Order of Mercy award

Until his retirement in 2000, Dr Hall was a GP in Shebbear and held a post at the University of Sussex, before becoming a senior lecturer at the Department of General Practice, Exeter University. His work there was largely involved with GP training (for which the Exeter Department was nationally renowned), screening for diabetic retinopathy and practice organisation. He also published widely.

Dr Hall also served on the Board of Directors of Diabetes UK and was Chairman of the charity from 1996 to 2001. As Chairman, he toured the UK speaking at many local-group events. He is a current Vice President for Diabetes UK, and has also worked with the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the International Diabetes Federation.

Dr Michael Hall said: “This award came quite out of the blue. It is a fantastic honour. At Diabetes UK, and over the course of my career, I campaigned hard to ensure better education services for people with diabetes all over the country and on the prevention of diabetes-related eye disease. I’m proud of my achievements, though an award of this stature was quite unexpected. Voluntary work is an integral and important part of British life. I hope that this award can inspire other people to give up their time and become volunteers.”

Chris Askew, Diabetes UK’s CEO said: “Michael has made a hugely significant contribution to Diabetes UK since he joined us in 1987, and this award is recognition for his distinguished work on diabetes over many years. This exceptional award goes to an exceptional man, and is testament to his work both here in the UK and abroad; he is an inspiration to all of us.”

Dr Hall, a keen sailor, now lives in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with his wife Ann, a former nurse.

Photo attached: Order of Mercy winner Dr Michael Hall (right) with fellow recipient Fred Holland and Diabetes UK CEO Chris Askew (centre).