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'Samaritan' needed for complaints

Singlehanded practices should not be phased out but

given more support and encouragement, the inquiry concluded.

It said many patients preferred singlehanded practices because they provided better continuity of care.

Although the biggest concentration of Shipman's kill-ings took place when he was a singlehanded GP, he committed 71 murders when working in a group practice.

Dame Janet concluded the Department of Health and PCOs should not attempt to reduce the number of small practices but focus on 'removing the causes and mitigating the effects of isolation'.

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