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Patients directed to 111 or 999 as 13,000-patient practice cancels all appointments


For all the partners at that surgery, we can only imagine what must have led up to that final decision to call it a day. Most of us continue, day after day -because of our patients. We feel we would be letting them down, but also letting our staff down. We can't help but think about iur employees; their families, children and mortgages. (We are all employers as well as doctors) This responsibility is something we never really appreciated when we accepted our roles in practice. We are all closer to the position of this practice, to the final edge than at any time in our history. I have personally come very very close. It is my patients, staff and my partners who keep me going. I absolutely love my job. I would happily walk in and see patients in my 70s. Problem is, with this job, government and toxic atmosphere - most of us are going to the wall long before that. Well done to the doctors of that practice for staying so long. Sorry we couldn't all help you (and each other) and good luck to the rest of you.

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29 May 2019

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