GP changes his name in protest to Dr John Cormack The Family Doctor Who Works For The NHS For Free

Gazette: GP changes his name in protest to Dr John Cormack The Family Doctor Who Works For The NHS For Free GP changes his name in protest to Dr John Cormack The Family Doctor Who Works For The NHS For Free

A GP has changed his name in protest at what he claims is severe underfunding.

The former Dr John Cormack is now known as Dr John Cormack The Family Doctor Who Works For The NHS For Free, after paying £15 to change his name by deed poll.

The GP, who serves 4,000 patients at the Greenwood Surgery, South Woodham Ferrers, has been protesting against NHS cuts for years and claims he is not paid a penny and has to dip into his own pocket to pay his staff.

He said: “I think the change of name will highlight the problems we’ve faced trying to provide some sort of service for our patients and will shine a spotlight on the discriminatory policies pursued by the NHS behind closed doors while it claims to be fair and open and transparent.

“We’ve spent the last decade doing all the normal, ‘sensible’ things people do in these situations – writing to the various bits of the NHS that are supposed to police what goes on, attending meetings.

“The patients have signed a petition which went to the primary care trust and strategic health authority and was delivered to 10 Downing Street and have written here, there and everywhere.

“We have achieved precisely nothing thus far, hence the need for steps that some might consider extreme or unusual.”

Dr Cormack is in the process of contacting the General Medical Council about the name change.

Last month, he wrote to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt asking him to work for nothing.

Dr Cormack said: “I’ve written again to the Health Secretary – using my new name – but have yet to receive confirmation that he and his colleagues are happy to accept the same pay and conditions as me in order to help the NHS in its hour of need.”

The surgery is in the process of appealing against how much funding it receives, with help from Maldon MP John Whittingdale.

Last week, the Echo featured Dr Sankar Bhattacharjee, 63, who claimed he was working for free while running the Westborough Road health centre, Westcliff.

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9:20am Wed 1 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

Hows about less Sour Grapes Mr name change, pick up your teddy from the corner, and get on with your job.
Hows about less Sour Grapes Mr name change, pick up your teddy from the corner, and get on with your job. Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

9:58am Wed 1 Jan 14

Rambie says...

This is the second GP to put their career on the line by highlighting how serious the NHS finances are getting. Lets not leave it until its too late to listen
This is the second GP to put their career on the line by highlighting how serious the NHS finances are getting. Lets not leave it until its too late to listen Rambie

11:48am Wed 1 Jan 14

Mr.Jon.A.Vencato says...

Obviously one has to sympathise with the Doctor, during these very difficult times of communication and stress, to put ones point of debate across.

However to having to retort in changing your name to such a degree of severity is rather alarming and somewhat extreme.

It is difficult for one to digest the statement "Working for nothing" does this mean in a literal sense or point of view?
Or was this the media transposing the situation into such?
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I cannot see how someone in a position of this level in a community can allow a happenstance to occur of this nature, it is somewhat bizarre.
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I once worked for £1 an hour during 1978, on a training scheme, I wonder what equivalence that would be in todays money?....1 and a 1/2 pence for every minute of my life, was not a worthy indictment of my existence then.
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It is very stressful when those in power do not listen or take on board, the voices of those in plead or request.
Having been in this position myself on a constant basis, in trying to get a point across with authority, it is understandable that this can be difficult.
We wish the Doctor every success in his plight.
Obviously one has to sympathise with the Doctor, during these very difficult times of communication and stress, to put ones point of debate across. However to having to retort in changing your name to such a degree of severity is rather alarming and somewhat extreme. It is difficult for one to digest the statement "Working for nothing" does this mean in a literal sense or point of view? Or was this the media transposing the situation into such? ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ __ I cannot see how someone in a position of this level in a community can allow a happenstance to occur of this nature, it is somewhat bizarre. ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ __ I once worked for £1 an hour during 1978, on a training scheme, I wonder what equivalence that would be in todays money?....1 and a 1/2 pence for every minute of my life, was not a worthy indictment of my existence then. ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ __ It is very stressful when those in power do not listen or take on board, the voices of those in plead or request. Having been in this position myself on a constant basis, in trying to get a point across with authority, it is understandable that this can be difficult. We wish the Doctor every success in his plight. Mr.Jon.A.Vencato

2:14pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Yermotherwouldn'tlik
eme
wrote:
Hows about less Sour Grapes Mr name change, pick up your teddy from the corner, and get on with your job.
I agree, stop your moans
[quote][p][bold]Yermotherwouldn'tlik eme[/bold] wrote: Hows about less Sour Grapes Mr name change, pick up your teddy from the corner, and get on with your job.[/p][/quote]I agree, stop your moans Nowthatsworthknowing

2:17pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

This doctor must make his own decisions, as must we all about our careers. Money has to come from somewhere. Contrary to what Labour say, money does nor grow on trees. Added to that, this government's attitude toward benefit and welfare seeking immigrants will only make things worse.
This doctor must make his own decisions, as must we all about our careers. Money has to come from somewhere. Contrary to what Labour say, money does nor grow on trees. Added to that, this government's attitude toward benefit and welfare seeking immigrants will only make things worse. Jess Jephcott

2:55pm Wed 1 Jan 14

emcee says...

If GPs, on the whole, didn't fleece the system for high salaries, for only working "sociable hours" (causing the need to spend more money on "out of hours" services), then there would be more money in the system to go around. Most GPs are merely mouse button clickers and prescription writers (although, even most of those are printed). We are far from getting value for money from our GPs and until they stop wallowing in their own self importance I have no sympathy for them whatsoever.
If GPs, on the whole, didn't fleece the system for high salaries, for only working "sociable hours" (causing the need to spend more money on "out of hours" services), then there would be more money in the system to go around. Most GPs are merely mouse button clickers and prescription writers (although, even most of those are printed). We are far from getting value for money from our GPs and until they stop wallowing in their own self importance I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. emcee

3:23pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Joe Clark says...

IF he works for "free" how did he afford the £15 to change his name?

How does he feed himself?

He can he pay his bills?

Non-story just like the other one.
IF he works for "free" how did he afford the £15 to change his name? How does he feed himself? He can he pay his bills? Non-story just like the other one. Joe Clark

3:45pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Grow up and do the work your paid for and shut up you idiot!
Grow up and do the work your paid for and shut up you idiot! Living the La Vida Legra

5:23pm Wed 1 Jan 14

benfleet101 says...

Joe Clark wrote:
IF he works for "free" how did he afford the £15 to change his name?

How does he feed himself?

He can he pay his bills?

Non-story just like the other one.
He works for free for the NHS. That does not mean that he does not work at other times elsewhere and get paid. Would you go to work and when you have finished go to work somewhere else for free? If the NHS needs Doctors to do this then it needs to call itself a Charity and rely on these 'volunteers' to keep the service going... see how long it will survive then
[quote][p][bold]Joe Clark[/bold] wrote: IF he works for "free" how did he afford the £15 to change his name? How does he feed himself? He can he pay his bills? Non-story just like the other one.[/p][/quote]He works for free for the NHS. That does not mean that he does not work at other times elsewhere and get paid. Would you go to work and when you have finished go to work somewhere else for free? If the NHS needs Doctors to do this then it needs to call itself a Charity and rely on these 'volunteers' to keep the service going... see how long it will survive then benfleet101

7:31pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
This doctor must make his own decisions, as must we all about our careers. Money has to come from somewhere. Contrary to what Labour say, money does nor grow on trees. Added to that, this government's attitude toward benefit and welfare seeking immigrants will only make things worse.
My God, some common sense.. at last... somebody who agrees with me. I see you have 12 likes.. be careful though because some people on here have a problem with the truth and sooner or later they will dredge up some muck on you for saying only what millions of others are saying.

Welcome to my world!

You can have the same opinion as someone else on here but they will still thumbs down you.

Just a warning!
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: This doctor must make his own decisions, as must we all about our careers. Money has to come from somewhere. Contrary to what Labour say, money does nor grow on trees. Added to that, this government's attitude toward benefit and welfare seeking immigrants will only make things worse.[/p][/quote]My God, some common sense.. at last... somebody who agrees with me. I see you have 12 likes.. be careful though because some people on here have a problem with the truth and sooner or later they will dredge up some muck on you for saying only what millions of others are saying. Welcome to my world! You can have the same opinion as someone else on here but they will still thumbs down you. Just a warning! Kim Gandy

7:34pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

...when I said "dredge up".... I meant "make up"
...when I said "dredge up".... I meant "make up" Kim Gandy

7:37pm Wed 1 Jan 14

pendulum says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Grow up and do the work your paid for and shut up you idiot!
If he works to rule and does only what he's paid for, presumably the public will be worse off. Happy with that?
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: Grow up and do the work your paid for and shut up you idiot![/p][/quote]If he works to rule and does only what he's paid for, presumably the public will be worse off. Happy with that? pendulum

7:38pm Wed 1 Jan 14

runwellian says...

As he works fro for free, does that mean all his patients have the same rights / service that they get from paid doctors?

If he made a fatal mistake, does that mean he cannot be sued, if his conduct was unprofessional does that mean he cannot be prosecuted?

It is worrying to know a doctor can do this unless of course he is still bound by NHS rules that are there to protect patients!

I always believed folk that don't get paid to do their job are accountable to nobody!
As he works fro for free, does that mean all his patients have the same rights / service that they get from paid doctors? If he made a fatal mistake, does that mean he cannot be sued, if his conduct was unprofessional does that mean he cannot be prosecuted? It is worrying to know a doctor can do this unless of course he is still bound by NHS rules that are there to protect patients! I always believed folk that don't get paid to do their job are accountable to nobody! runwellian

7:39pm Wed 1 Jan 14

runwellian says...

When he has to sign prescriptions etc for patients, how does he sign them with a long name like that??
When he has to sign prescriptions etc for patients, how does he sign them with a long name like that?? runwellian

2:53am Thu 2 Jan 14

Boris says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote:
This doctor must make his own decisions, as must we all about our careers. Money has to come from somewhere. Contrary to what Labour say, money does nor grow on trees. Added to that, this government's attitude toward benefit and welfare seeking immigrants will only make things worse.
My God, some common sense.. at last... somebody who agrees with me. I see you have 12 likes.. be careful though because some people on here have a problem with the truth and sooner or later they will dredge up some muck on you for saying only what millions of others are saying.

Welcome to my world!

You can have the same opinion as someone else on here but they will still thumbs down you.

Just a warning!
Watch out Jess, for support from Kim Gandy is the kiss of death.
.
But she is right, she and you share a very similar outlook on life.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: This doctor must make his own decisions, as must we all about our careers. Money has to come from somewhere. Contrary to what Labour say, money does nor grow on trees. Added to that, this government's attitude toward benefit and welfare seeking immigrants will only make things worse.[/p][/quote]My God, some common sense.. at last... somebody who agrees with me. I see you have 12 likes.. be careful though because some people on here have a problem with the truth and sooner or later they will dredge up some muck on you for saying only what millions of others are saying. Welcome to my world! You can have the same opinion as someone else on here but they will still thumbs down you. Just a warning![/p][/quote]Watch out Jess, for support from Kim Gandy is the kiss of death. . But she is right, she and you share a very similar outlook on life. Boris

7:53pm Thu 2 Jan 14

abd123 says...

I see from the Government Health & Social Care Information Centre site that the average GP gets £267,000 and has an average £164,000 practice costs leaving £103,000 personal income for the GP. If this GP pays all his money out on practice costs then there is something seriously wrong with his methods.
I see from the Government Health & Social Care Information Centre site that the average GP gets £267,000 and has an average £164,000 practice costs leaving £103,000 personal income for the GP. If this GP pays all his money out on practice costs then there is something seriously wrong with his methods. abd123

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