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41. Dr Peter Swinyard

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Down four places

Dr Peter Swinyard, Swindon GP and chair of the Family Doctors Association, is an ‘excellent advocate for smaller practices’, according to his colleagues, and has led the organisation since 2009.

Small or single-handed practices, often in very deprived and rural areas, can rely on Dr Swinyard to fight their corner, our panel said in selecting him for our Top 50.

‘He talks sensibly, cares for patients and is never afraid of criticising the Department of Health,’ was one view.

With scores of practices facing closure under increasing financial strain, many will be glad he is on their side.

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