OBE for army doc with a passion for long-term health of military veterans

DR Beverly Bergman spent years working in the jungles of Belize. She also served the British armed forces in Germany, Cyprus and Hong Kong, among other places, travelling the world in her role as a general practitioner.

Today, the Hull-born 68-year-old is head of the Scottish Veterans Health Research Group at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, the University of Glasgow.

And her work there as an honorary senior research fellow sees her carry out research into the long-term health of military veterans.

It is something Dr Bergman is passionate about — and for which she was awarded an OBE in the most recent New Year’s Honours.

“Pre-1960, virtually all adult men served in the armed forces, whether that was during a war or as part of their national service,” Dr Bergman told me from her home in Edinburgh.

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