A GP has retired from full-time practice after more than 30 years of treating patients in Sunderland.
Dr Roger Ford is leaving St Bede Medical Centre, but will continue to represent Sunderland GPs as secretary of the city’s Local Medical Committee.
He will also stay on as a regional representative of the British Medical Association.
Dr Ford, 58, said: “It’s the face-to-face medical practice work that I’m retiring from.
“And while I’m not unhappy to be leaving clinical medicine, I am unhappy with the decision of the travel of the NHS towards privatisation which is happening now.”
Staff at Bede Medical Centre, in Lower Dundas Street, Monkwearmouth, say they will miss Dr Ford’s wit and sense of humour.
He said: “I’ll miss the staff there very much as well as the patients, the vast majority of whom I have great affection for.”
Dr Ford says he is still looking forward to representing doctors, but retirement from full-time work will let him spend time with wife Hilary, a retired physiotherapist, and his three daughters. One is a pharmacist and the other two are studying pharmacy at Sunderland University.