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Doctors’ contribution to patients’ lives celebrated

Report highlights positive changes made to patients

OnMedica staff

Tuesday, 07 April 2009

A report that puts the positive work of clinicians in the spotlight has been published today by the BMA.

The report Partners in Care features 18 case studies covering a wide range of examples from GPs, consultants, and other NHS staff who have made a significant and positive impact on their patients’ lives.

Cases include beating cancer, ending drug addiction, losing weight and living with chronic pain and details some new services being developed to meet patients’ needs better.

The report, based on interviews with patients and doctors from across the UK, features stories such as that of Coventry GP Dr Grant Ingrams, who helped a patient identify that her medical conditions, including blindness and paralysis, were the result of a mental rather than a physical problem.

Other cases include Renez Charlesworth, who lost ten stone with the help of Dr Matthew Capehorn’s weight management clinic in Rotherham, and Dr Gillian Rice, whose Never too late to create project at her Bristol surgery helps people deal with mental health problems through art and poetry.

BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said: "The strong relationship between doctor and patient is the cornerstone of the quality care of which the NHS is justifiably proud.

"These stories typify the commitment of NHS staff, and the lasting difference they can make – reducing pain, improving lives and often saving them. The fact that these encounters go on up and down the UK every day in thousands of surgeries and hospitals is one of the largely unsung triumphs of the NHS.

"At a time when life is bringing all sorts of uncertainties through the economic downturn, these are stories of true hope and achievement, exemplifying what the social solidarity of the NHS should be all about."

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