Dr Bill Kirkup CBE

Bill Kirkup’s career can be separated into three parts.

Initially, having worked as a ward orderly, he qualified as a doctor, specialising in obstetrics and gynaecological oncology. Subsequently he switched focus into Public Health and Medical management, initially in the North-East & Yorkshire and then as Associate Chief Medical Officer for England.

He volunteered to work on Public Health and Reconstruction as a civilian alongside military operations in Kosovo (1999), Baghdad and Iraq (2003, 2005) and Afghanistan (2007/08).

Since retiring from Public Health, he has worked mainly on independent investigations, including into Children’s Heart Surgery in OxfordJimmy Savile’s involvement at Broadmoor HospitalMorecambe Bay Maternity Services and Liverpool Community Services.

He also served as a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, responsible for the medical evidence which led to new inquests into the deaths resulting from the disaster – and the Gosport War Memorial Hospital Panel.

More recently, he chaired the investigation into the death of Elizabeth Dixon.

Dr Kirkup currently Chairs the Independent Investigation into East Kent Maternity Services

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