Flood-hit GP meets prime minister

Cockermouth GP Dr John Howarth attended a Downing Street reception last week, meeting prime minister Gordon Brown and health minister Ann Keen.

From left to right: Dr Mike Bewick, medical director for NHS Cumbria, Ms Mooney, Mr Brown, Dr John Howarth, Sue Page, NHS Cumbria's chief executive, and Ms Keen

The special Downing Street reception for public sector workers was held to highlight the work of GPs and community nurses after last month's floods. Along with Dr Howard, community nurse Jane Mooney attended the Number 10 event.

At the time of the flooding, Dr Mike Bewick, medical director for NHS Cumbria, told Healthcare Republic that GPs had worked quickly to put together a recovery team and provide additional services.


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