GP retires after 33 years in town

Phillip Oliver is retiring after 30 years of being a GP at Lower Baxter street. '''From left; Dr Oliver with members of his staff from the surgery.
Phillip Oliver is retiring after 30 years of being a GP at Lower Baxter street. '''From left; Dr Oliver with members of his staff from the surgery.
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A GP who is retiring after 33 years in Bury St Edmunds has said that government should allow the professionals to ‘get on with the job’ instead of interfering with too many policy and organisational changes.

Dr Philip Evans has been caring for patients at the Guildhall Surgery for the past 33 years and on Friday completed his last surgery.

The GP from Hengrave is aiming to spend his retirement enjoying his 12 grandchildren and a love of fine wines.

He joined the Guildhall in January 1979 and has seen wide-ranging changes in the health service as the role of GP has become more complex, due he says, to patients living longer and developing multiple diseases and the fact that medicine can do more in terms of investigation and treatment.

He said: “This has been the most tremendous job, extremely interesting medically and intelectually and enormously varied. The best thing is the long term relationship with patients. You know individuals over a long period of time.

“But I would say I wish governments would stop trying to re-organise everything and allow the professionals to get on with their jobs.”