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Retired doctor aged 97 “could cure the woes of the NHS in a stroke”

PUBLISHED: 09:11 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 06 July 2018

Retired doctor Susan Palmer at a Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group meeting. PHOTO: NNLG

Retired doctor Susan Palmer at a Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group meeting. PHOTO: NNLG

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A 97-year-old speaker at a health meeting said she could “cure the woes of the NHS in a stroke”.

Retired doctor Susan Palmer at a Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group meeting. PHOTO: NNLGRetired doctor Susan Palmer at a Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group meeting. PHOTO: NNLG

Susan Palmer, a retired GP from Dereham, spoke at the Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group on July 2.

Miss Palmer, who gave an account of her life as a GP from 1954 to 1981, said NHS woes could be remedied by requiring doctors to work longer hours.

She said she remembered times when she worked 168 hours in a week.

At the meeting Miss Palmer described putting up a sign nine months before Christmas which said she did not want to spend her Christmas delivering babies.

On other occasions Miss Palmer left a basket of her own apples in the waiting room under a sign reading: “An apple a day keeps the patients at bay”.

Group chairman Bill Dingle said: “Dr Susan certainly never wanted to keep patients at bay.

“She was a lovely caring dedicated Doctor.”

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