Obituaries

Geoffrey James Roberts

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4273 (Published 05 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4273
  1. Rebecca Roberts

Geoffrey James Roberts (“Geoff”) was born in Stockport in 1949, the youngest child of Stella and Roland Roberts. He graduated from Manchester University Medical School in 1972, the first member of his family to go to university, having funded his studies by breeding turkeys to sell for Christmas and working as the medic in the local sausage factory.

Keen on outdoor sports and with the Queen’s Scouts medal under his belt, he spent his summers at university rock climbing and sailing, crewing for one of the consultant surgeons on a trip around the coastline of the British Isles.

After medical school he contemplated a surgical career, working as a junior surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary, before embarking on a career in general practice. Geoff felt early on as a GP that he wanted a different sort of challenge and made the transition away from clinical medicine into what would become a passionate crusade to improve systems for the better of patients and their families and advocating on their behalf.

Leaving the world of direct clinical practice, Geoff went to work for the Medical Defence Union. He initially started as assistant secretary in …

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