Letter: Why my surgery's dog has finally had its day

Dear Editor

I was not at the practice meeting, where the PCT directive, that I should no longer have my very small dog in my surgery, was discussed. I have since received a letter, with the order to leave her at home in future.

My father took his dog to his surgery for about 25 years. I have been taking mine to work at our practice since March 1996, and she has a definite therapeutic effect on patients.

She is very well behaved; cleaner than most of our patients, and certainly cleaner than their clothes and shoes.

In these 10 years I believe we have had only two complaints about there being a dog on the premises, and there are about four patients who request she is removed from my room during their occasional consultations.

She has 'disgraced' herself only once, when she had a nasty tummy bug - and that was my fault, for not paying attention to her distress.

There is nothing in health and safety to preclude having a dog on the premises. She never goes into the 'clean' rooms, and rarely goes into my colleagues' own rooms. She is with me at all times.

She has amused everybody with her antics, and has been a general asset to the surgery.

But, when the PCT says 'Jump!', everyone stands to attention and says 'how high?', thus putting another nail into the rapidly closing coffin of family medical practice, and lowering themselves a further notch in my esteem as colleagues and friends.

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