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GP forced to leave practice because of religious abuse

Dr Stewart Higgins says his new £13 million super-surgery will be the model that other GPs will follow.

His practice is one of six moving in to the new building in Macclesfield, Cheshire, next May, which will house 30 GPs and cater for 60,000 people.

Dr Higgins said it was 'easier to keep an eye' on GPs in bigger practices.

'Larger practices will be the norm because of the demise of singlehanders. I think we are heading towards salaried service anyway. Part of the political climate is encouraging GPs to amalgamate. It's easier to manage us that way.'

Dr Higgins's existing premises were built at the height of the slave trade in 1725 and are now unsuitable.

The new Waters Green practice has been financed by the General Practice Finance Corporation.

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