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Champions of general practice in 2009

Five GPs who have embodied the best of general practice in the past 12 months.

By Pulse news desk

Five GPs who have embodied the best of general practice in the past 12 months.

Dr Fay Wilson

This Birmingham GP developed an emergency service to cope with the biggest swine flu outbreak in Europe only to be rewarded by having the contract cancelled by her PCT following a row over costs. She received a warm farewell after stepping down as chair of the LMCs conference, saying the role had been her biggest honour. Until now, of course.

Dr Steven Lindall

Persistence, a stubborn streak and refusal to be fobbed off are classic GP traits, and Dr Steven Lindall showed all three in exposing the cash swiped by hospitals through billing errors. Dr Lindall, a GP in Waltham Forest, east London, sifted through data and found that in 2008/9 alone, his practice had received 1,476 invoices where correspondence was still missing – worth an estimated £256,885. It's our bet many more GPs will keep an eye on their bills from now on.

Dr Sam Everington

The GP trailblazer in Tower Hamlets, east London, successfully steered a groundbreaking scheme in 2009 that has seen his PCT agree to a £12m-a-year increase in primary care spending. Dr Everington, former deputy chair of the BMA and recent guest editor of Pulse, continues to work tirelessly to raise awareness of inequalities in primary care funding.

Professor Martin Roland

The GP academic showed he had the courage of his convictions by saying MPs had got payments to practices under the patient survey ‘seriously wrong' and that the survey should look at continuity of care as well as access.

Dr Ann McPherson

Oxford GP Dr Ann McPherson has courageously campaigned for patients' rights to assisted death – even while terminally ill with pancreatic cancer. In an exclusive interview with Pulse, the author of best-seller Diary of a Teenage Health Freak and founder of patient charity DIPEx said she wanted to change the views of the medical profession – even if not in her own lifetime. Pulse doesn't take a view on assisted dying, but we were honoured to tell her emotive story.

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