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Appraisal is last straw for retiring GP

Dr Jonathan Rhodes is retiring this month to avoid appraisal, a scheme he says will 'cripple general practice' and cause GPs to practise defensively.

Dr Rhodes, a GP in Manchester and chair of West Pennine LMC, said he had planned to continue as a locum but changed his mind when non-principal appraisals were introduced.

Dr Rhodes, who had working links with Harold Shipman at the LMC in the early 1980s, said: 'I don't think Fred [Shipman] could have been detected under any scheme.'

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