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GP with a passion for integrated care is Bedford’s new locality chair

28 September 2015


Bedford GP Dr David Howard has been appointed chair of the Bedford locality for Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG). David trained at the Royal Free Hospital in London and has been a partner at Pemberley Surgery, Bedford for 25 years.
During this time, David helped set up the Bedford GP out-of-hours service, in the mid-1990s, and has been a tutor, appraiser and
trainer for the local GP training scheme. He has a good insight into what it’s like to be a patient having broken his back 17 years ago, which forced him to take six months off work.

Following the review of paediatric services at Bedford Hospital, which had a significant impact on GP training in the town, David
became more engaged with the CCG and he is clear about what he would like to achieve as chair of Bedford locality. “I want to see improved general practice and hospital care in Bedford and would like to develop GP recruitment by making Bedford a good place to work with better integrated primary, community and secondary care.”

The appointment of Dr Howard as locality chair for Bedford follows the retirement of Dr Peter Parry Okeden who was a GP in Bedford for 30 years and was involved in commissioning services for patients for nearly 20 years.

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