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Independents' Day

True heroes of general practice in 2014

Pulse presents its annual festive awards to the true heroes of general practice


Dr Naomi Beer

Dr Naomi Beer

This east London GP, with her practice manager Virginia Patania, gave NHS England a major headache with their Save Our Surgeries campaign against MPIG cuts.







Dr Gordon Gancz

Dr Gordon Gancz

The Oxford GP was thrust into the national spotlight after Pulse revealed managers were threatening him with breach of contract for opting all his patients out of






Dr Jose Antonio Serrano

Dr Jose Antonio Serrano

Taking on the Daily Mail is a brave move, but this GP did it and won £45k in damages after the High Court found an article published about him was ‘defamatory’








Dr Martin Brunet

The Surrey GP and Pulse blogger has led a campaign against NHS England’s dementia diagnosis drive, most recently calling for scrapping of its ‘cash for diagnoses’ scheme








Dr Alan McDevitt

The masterful negotiator who brokered a three-year contract deal and £40m in extra funding this year for Scottish GPs. The contrast with England is becoming increasingly marked








Dr Sarah Wollaston

This former GP – and full-time tormentor of the Prime Minister – was selected as chair of the House of Commons health committee this year








Dr Peter Holden

A GPC negotiator for more than 15 years, the ever-quotable Derbyshire GP and giant of the profession may have stood down in July but you haven’t seen the last of him yet…






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Readers' comments (14)

  • I think Richard Vautrey deserves to be on your list. He has campaigned tirelessly this year and his name seems to come up all the time for the right reasons.

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  • I agree with my colleague above

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  • I would add Dr Louise Irvine, National Health Action party candidate standing against Hunt in the GEneral Election
    And Dr Bob Gill NHA party candidate campaigning against NHS privatisation and featured in the film Sell Off

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  • I think Una coales should be here.

    thankfully Dr BAKER isnt hear for writing letters to junior drs.


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  • The 'true heroes' of general practice are not some select list like you have mentioned, albeit some, such as brave Dr Serrano, do indeed merit being singled out.

    The true heroes are every single grass roots GP in the land who has put up with and endured all the hostility and nonsense thrown at them day in day out for the whole of 2014

    And I include the GP heroes who had the courage to leave this desperate profession for pastures new,emigration or early retirement or were forced to do so through ill health

    So here's to ALL the 1000's of GP heroes of 2014 who despite everything are still standing and punch drunk and many having to recover their senses in time for the onslaught of 2015

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  • 314 pm here here I second that kudos

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  • I second Una coales

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  • Dr Jose Antonio Serrano is an inspiration - whenever a doctor is mentionned in the press they are often 'guilty' until proven innocent. This guy did it by himself and against the odds.

    Dr Una Coales would also get my vote.

    Dr Helen Bright of doctors4justice would also get my vote as she has been a lone campaigner for doctor's rights for some time.

    and the thousands of frontline gps who are actually seeing patients and not hiding behind desks like 'some' doctors are would also get my vote.

    but none of the establishment figures will get my vote - they are part of the problem.

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  • Some GPs who regularly comment on here are worth a star!

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  • I second Una as well! I don't always agree with her but there is no doubt of her contribution to the true grassroot GPs

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