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GPs are told to tender for their own practice

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:113
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Ashley Liston seems like a model GP. He has an altruistic streak, inspired he says by Julian Tudor Hart, the socialist doctor and passionate advocate of the NHS who worked as a GP in Wales for 30 years. Two years ago Dr Liston gave up his position as principal GP in a practice in a comfortable Newcastle neighbourhood, where he had worked for eight years, to become a salaried GP at a practice that had relied on locums for 30 months.

    “I wanted to maximise the benefits of my skills without going abroad. I wanted to make a difference and to have a personal challenge,” he said.

    If the feedback from his patients at the Encompass practice in Washington, Tyne and Wear, is anything to …

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