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Having my name on door brought a tear

Dr Richard Fieldhouse is settling down as a long-term locum with one practice after seven years of covering at a wide variety of surgeries. Dr Fieldhouse, chair of the National Association of Non-Principals, is spending at least four sessions a week at The Maywood Surgery near Chichester in Sussex.

'I'm seen as an integral part of the practice,' said Dr Fieldhouse. 'For the first time ever I'm going on a awayday, talking about the vision of the practice. I have been given a rubber-stamp with my name on, they have put me on the headed notepaper and I have a proper name on my door. I had a tear in my eye when that was done!'

Dr Fieldhouse said he is billing the practice on the same basis as he always has. But he feels the long-term arrangement has increased his commitment to the practice and he is willing to take on more responsiblities, such as extra surgeries on a Saturday.

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