Your medicolegal team in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong
MPS has a large team of medicolegal advisers, claims handlers and membership advisers that are dedicated to providing you with guidance and expertise. Over the next few issues of Casebook, we will be showcasing the individuals involved, continuing with the three members of the medicolegal adviser team.
Dr Marika Davies
MA BSc MBBS MRCS (Eng) MFFLM
MPS Medicolegal Adviser
Marika graduated from University College London Medical School in 1999 with MBBS and a BSc (Hons) in the History of Medicine. She completed her basic surgical training in London and in 2003 became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
After a stint as medical officer to an expedition in the Philippines she joined MPS as a medicolegal adviser in October 2003 and has been assisting doctors in Hong Kong since then. Marika completed an MA in Medical Law and Ethics with merit at Kings College London in 2006 and has maintained an interest in ethical issues.
Marika is enthusiastic about her role supporting and advising doctors in Hong Kong and the UK and also enjoys writing articles on medicolegal issues for medical publications.
Dr John Barker
JP MBBS MRCS LRCP D Obst DMJ FFFLM ACII
MPS Consultant Medicolegal Adviser
Dr John Barker has been around a few years! A sound grammar school education enabled him to embark on his working career with an insurance company before being summoned to serve Her Majesty in the Royal Air Force. Released from national servitude, he became a medical student at Guys Hospital, graduating MBBS in 1961.
He practised as a GP in Essex before being appointed a Justice of the Peace and Coroner for the Eastern District of Greater London in 1969. Invited to become a member of the MPS Cases Committee in 1970, he was subsequently elected to its Council, later joining its permanent medical secretariat.
Having “retired” as Deputy Medical Director in 1997, he was asked (subject to satisfactory annual appraisals) to remain with MPS as a Consultant Medicolegal Adviser. He is also a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
Dr Julian Pedley
MBBS DTM&H DTPH MSc MA (Med Law & Ethics) FFPHM FFFLM
MPS Consultant Medicolegal Adviser
Dr Julian Pedley was born and brought up in China and India. He trained at Middlesex Hospital Medical School (as did his father and grandfather before him) and undertook postgraduate training in London, Oxford and Buckinghamshire. For a number of years he worked in Nepal, the West Indies and Southern Africa doing general practice and public health work. He also spent several months working in Indonesia (Banda Aceh) 1981-2.
Julian has specialist qualifications and interest in Public Health and Tropical Medicine; he was the first Director of Public Health and Chief Executive of the Milton Keynes Health Authority, where he worked for 14 years before joining MPS as a Medicolegal Adviser in 1996. He studied Medical law and Ethics at Kings College, London 1996-8.
Until recently, Julian was the longstanding Chairman of Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes, as well as chairing a small international charity, Hope Outreach, supporting medical, agricultural and welfare projects in Sri Lanka and South India.
He has been married to Ella from the Black Forest region of Germany for 40 years, and they have two children – one a lawyer and the other the proprietor of a tourist lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand (make your bookings through Julian!). Julian and Ella have newly become grandparents but cannot yet offer an advisory service on this important aspect of life!