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At the heart of general practice since 1960

GPs are table toppers, not MPs

Each week we take a GP's-eye view of an area of the UK ­ if you would like to contribute, see the red panel below

Where? Portsmouth, a historic naval port on the south coast of England. Alongside are a major seaside resort (Southsea) and the surrounding Hampshire countryside with much to offer the visitor ­ Jane Austen country and the New Forest.

Work? Portsmouth City PCT oversees 28 GP practices and

99 GPs.

Homes? £360,000 for a four-bedroomed detached residence, two reception rooms, south-facing rear garden and rear access to garages.

Schools? The independent, selective, mixed Portsmouth Grammar School is the best performer at secondary level.

Leisure? Sailing, fishing, diving and all the rest in the Solent, plus the aforementioned Hampshire countryside and New Forest. Premiership football (just) at Pompey. Very handy for the cross-Channel ferries too.

From the local press: Portsmouth's new rabbi has pledged to make the synagogue more accessible to all sectors of the Jewish community.

­ Portsmouthtoday.co.uk

Famous residents:

Charles Dickens was born there. Fellow novelists Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, H.G.

Wells and Nevil Shute all lived there.

Anything else?

The city is home to some famous old ships: Henry VIII's warship Mary Rose, HMS Victory ­ Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar ­ and HMS Alliance, a submarine now in dry dock.

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