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Dr Alan Merson has laid what appears an unassailable claim to be the UK's longest serving GP, having totted up 57 years' service at his Leeds practice.
Despite officially retiring 16 years ago, 83-year-old Dr Merson still fits three sessions a week at the Mountain Road Medical Practice into a busy diary including golf and Spanish lessons.
He said knowing his patients so long meant he had an emotional connection with them and could offer more personalised care.
'Medicine has advanced enormously in its technical aspects but I am not sure we are advancing in the art of practising medicine,' he said.