Obituaries

Mary Belshaw

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7311 (Published 20 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7311
  1. Tony M Hirst

Mary Belshaw, who was my GP partner for nine years, died in October 2010 from breast cancer.

Mary was an exceptional GP who dedicated herself to the care of her patients and the welfare of her team colleagues. She treated patients as individuals and was willing to become their advocate in pursuing the treatment she felt they needed and deserved. This willingness not to accept the status quo or indeed second class treatment, which she felt patients often received in the NHS, often led to protracted negotiations with health service managers. Her determination to get the best treatment continued with her own fight against the cancer to which she eventually succumbed.

Mary was brought up in Preston, Lancashire, where …

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