“We share our community’s sadness at the news of John’s passing. We thank his widow Finola and his children Elizabeth and Andrew for sharing him with us and offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences for their loss.
The number and seniority of current GPs and wider primary care staff who have already been in touch to express not only sympathy to the family but also their admiration of John’s work and character, demonstrates the esteem John was held in by the local clinical community. We are deeply grateful that he invested well in so many people who today are putting those skills and values to use to respond to this outbreak.
This week we have managed a number of small but significant victories in this response and we dedicate these to his honour and thank him for the example he set for us to follow”.
Dr John Patterson
Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group