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John Alan Pollock

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:849

Founder of the United Kingdom's first doctors' deputising service

John Alan Pollock set up the United Kingdom's first doctors' deputising organisation in 1960. At its height in the mid-1970s, Dr Pollock's “clinical organisation” (as he called it) had on its books more than 400 doctors of all specialties, including general practitioners, and covered all of south London below the Thames. Not only did his organisation provide much-needed on-call services for GP practices, it also provided locums for hospitals, which at that time were short of manpower. …

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