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MP drawn into row on sacked salaried GP

Tory MP Ann Widdecombe has been dragged into a row over a salaried GP who was sacked after failing to cope with a 7,000-strong list at a cottage surgery.

Dr Ken Hammond is to claim unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal. The BMA said it had 'grave concerns' about his treatment by his employers, Maidstone and Weald PCT in Kent.

'These related to the trust's failure to deal with problems that Dr Hammond experienced, which contributed to his high stress levels,' said a BMA spokesperson.

'He was responsible for 7,000 patients and there were poor facilities ­ the trust failed to address those problems.'

Local BMA officials are due to meet Dr Hammond's MP, Ms Widdecombe, in the next two weeks with a view to getting the case raised in Parliament.

Dr Hammond was hired to replace a retiring singlehanded GP at Rose Cottage Surgery in Staplehurst last May. Another German-born doctor was also hired to join the PMS practice but quit within weeks. Dr Hammond went on long-term sick leave in December.

The PCT confirmed that Dr Hammond was no longer employed by the trust, but refused to comment further.

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