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True GP heroes of the year

Pulse chooses five ordinary GPs who did extraordinary things in 2015

1. Dr Hadrian Moss

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Hadrian Moss Duo 330x330

Pulse blogger Dr Hadrian Moss was threatened with a breach-of-contract notice after taking steps to close his practice’s list informally, in line with GPC advice. However, after Dr Moss protested, his case was mentioned in Parliament and a minister promised to look into it, then NHS England told LMCs that practices with short-term staffing problems could ‘temporarily’ stop taking new patients on an informal basis. A true victory for the little man.

 

2. Dr Farah Jameel/Dr Amy Small

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While BMA leaders struggled to find the words, it took two young GPs to provide an appropriate response to the health secretary’s ‘new deal’ for general practice. At the BMA’s Annual Representatives Meeting in June, Dr Amy Small and Dr Farah Jameel memorably told the meeting that the so-called new deal would create ‘exhausted, burnt-out, hamster-wheel doctors running a piecemeal, haphazard sort of service, putting patients at risk’. The motion was passed.

 

3. Dr Dominique Thompson

Dr Thompson

Dr Thompson

It is not easy to put the CQC on the back foot, but that is exactly what Dr Dominique Thompson did when she extracted an apology from the regulator earlier this year over errors in its inspection report. CQC officials had insisted on asking questions about elderly care, despite the practice being university based. After initially being told she did not have a case, Dr Thompson persevered and eventually forced inspectors to revisit her practice and amend the rating to ‘good’.

 

4. Dr Phil Peverley

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Phil Peverley 300x300

The Sunderland GP’s writing has always connected strongly with readers of Pulse, but this year saw an outpouring of affection for our long-time columnist as he recounted the end of his ‘love affair’ with general practice. ‘I hate this bloody job,’ he said in June, in a poignant column that detailed how the relentless stress of being a GP had finally contributed to his ending up in hospital. The column brought 150 comments of support and was probably one of the most talked-about articles of his distinguished writing career. Get well soon, Pev, we miss you.

 

5. Dr Emon Farrah Malik

Dr Emon Farrah Malik

Dr Emon Farrah Malik

This GP deserves praise for giving health secretary Jeremy Hunt a red face on the BBC’s Question Time over his ‘new deal’. She pulled no punches as she took Mr Hunt to task, saying: ‘You are driving us all out of the country.’ Respect.

 

Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments section if we have missed any GPs doing great work this year

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Readers' comments (8)

  • Anybody who has been screwed up by CQC should read their latest consultation document = to which they are asking for responses = the heavy handed claim to have rights to breach confidence in so many cases is outrageous and when found out those who have provided the info without gaining individuals' consent will bear the brunt.especially GPs

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  • Pev's article was the best by a mile because it was a synopsis of all that is wrong with the job.
    A piece of gritty reality that resonated with all normal GPs.
    A world away from the weird and alien-like smiley RCGP cardigans spouting government rhetoric.
    Pev please give us an update on your recovery.

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  • Farah asked an excellent question of David Geddes at a symposium on Transgender health. He completely failed to answer other than to say he disagreed with the GPC on what is core/non-core GP services.
    She is an superb role model for GPs

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  • My hero of the year is Ronnie Pickering. I think we need him on the GPC.

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  • My true GP hero is the doctor in the inner city practice who, on a typical day, has seen fifty to sixty patients, very likely safely managed them all, none of whom had to go to an acute hospital bed, went through nearly 50 hospital letters, 40 odd blood results and acted upon them, replied to 20 odd tasks/ communications from staff, DNs etc, managed to finalise the secret Santa party plan for the staff with the PM, didn't forget to include the Christmas bonus for the staff this month, did manage to grab a bite after the home visit. He would go home happy and exhausted; having tried his very best. His days are long but the week is short.

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  • @Rakesh 10.53pm.
    The days of Dr Finley are gone. What was once considered heroic practice nowadays is more like indentured servitude, with every and all wanting a piece of the little GP. Hero? no. Victim is the picture you paint of your modern inner city GP.

    Disgruntled GP Partner (3yrs)

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  • @Rakesh 10.53pm.
    I support you - good luck - keep going and ignore the cynics.

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  • dear rakesh this sounds like my story of past till i called it a day.

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