David Misselbrook is a retired GP and semi retired medical educator. He is currently deputy editor of the BJGP.

BJGP Life is our shared coffee room – a place for news, chat, exchange of ideas and sometimes for challenging discussion. BJGP Life is all the more needed in this year of Covid, when many face to face chats are impossible.

Today we are publishing an article by David Zigmond, a well known NHS micromanagement refusnik, who was prepared to defy CQC edicts in order to run his small GP practice with an uncompromising ethos centred around the kind of personal continuity of care that can come only from personal contacts, relationships and understandings. This lead to the closure of the practice and the loss of a much valued resource for his community – see https://bjgplife.com/2016/11/30/obituary-for-st-james-church-surgery-the-death-of-a-practice/

Some of Dr Zigmond’s views may well have a “Marmite factor”. (And like any article in BJGP Life they cannot represent official views of the BJGP or the RCGP.)

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