ONE of Tameside and Glossop’s most respected and popular GPs has announced he is to step down as a GP partner at The Brooke Surgery in Hyde, though he will continue to support his practice when needed.On June 29, Dr Raj Patel will be retiring after 27 years as a partner at the Brooke Surgery on Market Street, Hyde, and almost 40 since coming to Tameside as a medical student.
At the start of his career as a GP, Raj also worked as a junior doctor at Tameside Hospital where he continued to work in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and dermatology clinics.
Since those early days, he has become a highly regarded figure within the community.
Raj served on the Local Medical Committee (LMC) for a decade and worked in a number of senior leadership roles within NHS Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust (PCT), the shadow NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Greater Manchester and the Northwest during his career.
Last summer he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his work to change the way deaths are reported, and in the creation of a controlled drugs incident reporting tool which has been adopted across most of England.
However, Dr Patel is not leaving the NHS. He’ll be continuing as deputy national medical director for primary care at NHS England and NHS Improvement and as a member of the General Medical Council
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Co-Chairs, Drs Asad Ali and Ashwin Ramachandra, said: “It’s no surprise Raj was so highly regarded considering his great vision and energy coupled with a talent to initiate ideas, grasp concepts quickly and see the way forward.
“He is a first-rate GP, team player and communicator, able to inspire and get the best out of people.
“Raj deserves our sincere thanks and I’m sure all his patients in Hyde will be very sad to see him go.”