Muslim doctor on Queen's Birthday Honours list urges UK govt to help poor families
A British Muslim doctor named in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours list made a tearful plea for the UK government to do more to help struggling families.
Oxford University Hospitals consultant Dr Raghib Ali received an OBE for his services to Britain's National Health Service (NHS) amid the Covid-19 pandemic, during which he returned to the frontline as an unpaid volunteer.
“Growing up, there were days when we would not have food to eat. The chances of a child in my circumstances and getting a job let alone going to a top university like Cambridge were pretty much zero," Dr Ali, 46, told The Mirror.
I'm delighted to receive an OBE & could never have imagined as a child that this would have been possible. I am very grateful for the opportunities I've had & I hope this will inspire children and young people across the country who find themselves in— Dr Raghib Ali MD(Epi) MPH FRCP (UK) (@drraghibali) June 2, 2022
"The Government must do more to help children who have big dreams but are growing up in poor backgrounds. There are pockets of deprivation in every city across the country."
Speaking about his father, who he lost during the pandemic, Dr Ali said: "He always had high ambitions for his children. He would have been so shocked and amazed to see me get this honour."
Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honours list was announced on Wednesday, in the runup to her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
More than 50 British Muslims, including cricketer Moeen Ali and renowned medical expert Professor Aziz Sheikh, were named in this year's list.