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David Lloyd: Wants to create a “Kaiser Harrow”

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h881 (Published 25 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h881


David Lloyd, 61, has been a full time GP at the Ridgeway Surgery in North Harrow since 1980, after training in Bristol. In 1996 he cofounded Harmoni, a GP out-of-hours cooperative that grew to become the largest supplier of unscheduled care in the United Kingdom. He remained involved until the company was bought by Care UK in 2012, when 475 London GPs shared in the sale. He volunteered as a GP for the 2012 London Olympics, providing care to competitors in the rowing village and thoroughly enjoying it.

What was your earliest ambition?

My father was a GP in a commuter village in Surrey. Our house and his surgery were by the railway station so steam trains mesmerised me, and I desperately wanted to be a train driver. I still do.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

I was a snotty, snooty houseman in 1977, dithering between surgery and general practice. Somehow I ended up …

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