Iconic doctor retires


A popular doctor from South Woodham Ferrers, who has practiced for over 40 years, has announced his retirement.

Dr John Cormack and his wife, Sister Sue Cormack, are retiring from the ‘old fashioned’ NHS GP practice, Greenwood Surgery, in South Woodham Ferrers which they ran for 40 years.

Dr John Cormack has frequently been in the news for championing the cause of patients in South Woodham Ferrers, a new town which was built without any thought for healthcare and was underfunded, which resulted in him having to subsidise it for several years.

He took ‘the NHS’ to the High Court twice and made national headlines when he was voted Daily Mail/Boots ‘Health Hero’ in 2014, and when he changed his name by Deed Poll to John Cormack-the-Family-Doctor-who-works-for-the-NHS-for-free.

John then released a spoof song/video called ‘GP Blues’ to publicise the lack of NHS funding.

John Cormack has also written for medical newspapers, was a doctor for the ‘News of the World’ and was BBC Essex radio doctor for over a decade.

He has also written for comedian John Lloyd, including a couple of sketches for ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News’ and appeared on TV AM.

Sue is the longest serving practice nurse at Greenwood Surgery, she has been responsible for making sure the practice ran smoothly whilst bringing up their three children.

Her unflappability and good humour has earned her the love and respect of patients and received a huge amount of cards and presents when she announced her retirement.

They have both fought for many years for small and friendly practices where patients get continuity of care rather than new huge ‘super-practices.’


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