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Dr Julian Tudor Hart passes away aged 91

Pioneering GP Dr Julian Tudor Hart passed away at the weekend aged 91.

The GP, who was born in South Wales, where he later practiced, first introduced the concept of the ‘inverse care law’; the principle that the availability of good medical or social care tends to vary inversely with the need of the population served.

Dr Tudor Hart worked at the Archie Cochrane led MRC Epidemiology Unit - where he met his wife and research partner Mary – and this background in epidemiology taught him to study how his patients’ lifestyles caused their ill health and worked with them to improve this.

In 1961 he moved to the coal mining community of Glyncorrwg, South Wales and set up in practice, where he stayed for 30 years.

Pulse featured him last week as one of the GPs who shaped the NHS in the run-up to the NHS 70th birthday this week.

A number of prominent GPs have paid tribute to Dr Tudor Hart over the weekend, including Professor Graham Watt, whose ‘Deep End’ project in Glasgow was heavily influenced by Dr Tudor Hart, and the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn:

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  • Azeem Majeed

    Very sorry to hear about the death of Dr Julian Tudor Hart.

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  • Vinci Ho

    RIP
    The most honourable person passed away in the week of NHS’s 70th birthday .
    I believe there is a meaning , sacrosanct .

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  • He will be turning in his grave at the sad demise of a once great profession.

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  • He was decades ahead of his time looking at mortality rates within primary care , structured care for long term conditions and reducing health inequalities. My public health work in primary care was inspired by him.

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  • Very sad to read this

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  • What Now?

    Did well to get to 91
    We all have to leave one day
    Don't forget to prepare for what comes next.

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  • What Now?

    Its weird that you only think about your own lifespan..
    kids born post 2000
    don't really appreciate anything before 2000
    Soon our tastes will be considered classical

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