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GP plans switch to surgery

Dr Raj Dhumale, who believes he is the only GP in Britain performing hernia surgery, is hoping to take up the work full-time under the new GMS contract.

Dr Dhumale, who was a surgeon before switching to general practice, began performing the procedure as a fundholder at his practice in King's Lynn nine years ago. He now carries out 60 hernia repairs a year, plus less complex minor surgery, under contract to West Norfolk PCT. Despite initial resistance from the acute sector, the costs proved to be a third cheaper than secondary care, he said.

He expects eventually to give up general practice sessions. 'The new contract will make it easier for GPs to do surgery in primary care full-time.'

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