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28. Dr Phil Peverley

Superstar GP columnist

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Dr Phil Peverley has always been a bellwether for general practice, and never more so than this year. Fellow GPs nominated him for his ‘humour and honesty’, for ‘telling it how it is’ and for being a ‘GP hero’.

The Sunderland GP’s writing has always connected strongly with readers of Pulse, but his year saw an outpouring of affection for our long-time columnist as he recounted the end of his ‘love affair’ with general practice.

‘I hate this bloody job,’ he said in June in a blistering column that detailed how the relentless stress of being a GP had finally contributed to his ending up in hospital. The column brought 150 comments of support online and was probably one of the most talked-about columns of his distinguished writing career.

As fellow Pulse columnist, Dr Tony Copperfield wrote: ‘Phil somehow manages to articulate – with wisdom and wit – that, even if the job isn’t really killing us, it sure feels like it is.’ And this is the power of Dr Peverley’s writing. A a time of rock-bottom morale for the profession and many GPs facing burnout, he shows the human cost of the pressure on GPs; the sad reality of what the day job is doing to the foot soldiers of the profession.

As befits such a great writer, Dr Peverley has been nominated for a number of awards this year, with both the British Society of Magazine Editors and the Professional Publishers Association shortlisting him for ‘Columnist of the Year’.

Dr Peverley continues to take a well-deserved break from writing for Pulse. He is much missed, but the profession wishes him well as he recovers.

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Readers' comments (6)

  • Disappointed not higher up the list, he deserves to be

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  • get well soon mate;
    if only there were more like you. really appreciated your posts in the past and i wish you all the best for the future.
    A real hero amongst a crowd on phoneys here im afraid and many will know this.

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  • I agree with Ruth. There's no-one on that list who has had such a profound and positive influence on the lives of GPs over the last 20 odd years. Pev has made us feel that we are not alone in our cynicism and kept our collective spirits buoyed. I take my hat off to you Pev. Thank you.

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  • Pev for President

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  • Reading your column was like a beacon of light shining into the the darkness and blackness of GP life.
    You articulated how real GPs felt about their working lives - not the political clap trap voiced by many who claim to represent coal-face GPs.
    Thank you for making me smile

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  • What not number 1,demand a recount!
    Miss your comments/columnGet well soon.

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