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Patients praise retiring village GP
RESIDENTS turned out in force to wish a GP a happy retirement as he stepped down after 25 years.
Dr David Evans retired from Yarnton Medical Practice amid thanks from patients.
One patient, Andrew Vernon, 67, said: “They don’t make them like him any more.”
Mr Vernon said the advice of Dr Evans, a diabetes specialist, was invaluable when he was diagnosed with the ailment in 2005.
The Cassington patient said: “He has become a friend. He gives you time, he explains everything, you just feel totally safe in his hands.”
He said of Wednesday’s event: “I got quite emotional. He is such a caring doctor.”
Retired Cassington jeweller Keith Baughan, 74, who also has diabetes, said: “He listens to you and he is one of the boys. He will have a little joke with you, but it is not stupid, only if it’s appropriate.”
Dr Evans, 62, said: “It was great to see so many people turn out. It has been very rewarding, I felt very much part of the community.
He said of his approach: “If you are going to be a good doctor you have to understand the person.”
After stints at a London hospital and research in the United States, Dr Evans came to Oxford to work at the former Radcliffe Infirmary.
But while changes in the NHS have not played a role in his decision to retire, he says he is “not entirely optimistic” about its future. More services are being provided by GPs instead of hospitals but he said they are not given the resources to meet demand.
The father-of-four, married to teacher Joanna for 33 years, said: “The NHS is under-resourced compared to northern Europe.
“We are never going to have a full, first-class NHS unless we spend more money on it.”
He also opposes the increasing use of private firms to do NHS work.
“Competition is great if you are making cars or ice cream but, with people’s health, co-operation is better than competition,” he said.
He said it fragments the NHS and could damage it to the point where it “takes years to bring it up again”.
But there have been positive advances, he said, especially efforts to prevent disease resulting in fewer heart attacks.
Dr Evans’ retirement will include more visits to see his beloved rugby club, London Welsh, in action.
He may also go on a Mediterranean cruise and a visit to New Zealand to see eldest son Jonathan, 31, wife Lois and grandchilden aged four and two.