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Patients entering the waiting room at Dr John Cormack's practice are greeted by a poster asking ‘Brother, can you spare a dime?'

The single-handed GP in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, has resorted to asking for donations in order to keep his practice afloat.

One patient has already dropped a cheque for £1,000 into the collection tin, while others have volunteered to help at reception. Dr Cormack said he was forced to ask patients for help because of long-standing underfunding from his PCT.

He said: ‘Nobody could run a practice on the sort of funding I am getting.

‘The money collected goes into a kitty and pays for necessities like soap and nebuliser masks.'

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