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Obituary: Sir John Batten

Obituary Sir Jon BattenSir John Batten, MD FRCP KCVO (1924-2013)

Sir John Batten was invited to become the President of the Medical Protection Society in 1988 and remained in that post until 1997.

After a distinguished career as a physician at St George’s and Brompton Hospitals, and pioneering the treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis, he gave generously of his time to MPS. In addition to his medical wisdom acquired over the years, he was a man of wide interests in the arts, sailing and gardening, no doubt inspired by living in close proximity to Kew Gardens.

He was appointed as physician to the Queen in 1974 until 1980. He was physician to HM Royal Household 1970 to 1974 and Head of HM Medical Household 1982 to 1989.

Sir John joined MPS at a time of major change – the introduction of NHS indemnity for hospital doctors, a radical reorganisation of the governance of MPS with the appointment of a Chief Executive and a slimming down of the MPS Council with the addition of lay members, expansion of the Leeds office and a review of MPS’s international commitments.

To those of us involved in implementing these changes, he was a tireless supporter, a good friend and though ‘walking with kings’ (or rather the Queen), he never lost the common touch.

  • John Bradley, Chairman of Council 1988 to 1996
  • Roy Palmer, Medical Director 1989 to 1998